Neuropathy is a common problem caused by trauma, infection, or underlying medical conditions. It damages the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, affecting balance, mobility, and sensations. At Houston Pain Services, board-certified interventional pain management specialist Adrian C. Dumitru, MD, and the team offer various minimally invasive treatments for neuropathy. Call the Houston, Texas, office today to make an appointment or book online.
Neuropathy is a blanket term referring to nerve damage.
Your nerves are responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. If they’re damaged or stop functioning normally, it can affect your coordination, muscle strength, and balance.
There’s no cure for neuropathy, but when caught early on, it’s possible to prevent further damage and keep the problem from worsening.
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
As the condition worsens, you may experience sexual problems, like erectile dysfunction or pain during intercourse.
Neuropathy occurs for various reasons, including:
Sometimes, nerve damage occurs for unknown reasons. This is called idiopathic neuropathy.
Dr. Dumitru reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. He then completes a physical and neurological exam, testing your ability to feel sensations and checking your muscle strength, reflexes, and balance.
Next, Dr. Dumitru orders lab tests, including bloodwork, urinalysis, and electromyography. These screens can identify underlying health problems that increase your risk of nerve damage.
At Houston Pain Services, Dr. Dumitru and the team use minimally invasive treatments to manage neuropathy whenever possible. They may recommend:
If your pain continues or worsens, Dr. Dumitru may suggest surgery. Surgery can help reconnect severed nerves or relieve pressure on trapped nerves.
The easiest way to prevent neuropathy from worsening is to live a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Dumitru and the team recommend eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding excessive alcohol use. If you have a chronic health problem, like diabetes, you should also take steps to keep your blood sugar in check.
Call Houston Pain Services today to receive treatment for neuropathy, or book your appointment online.