Up to 20 million Americans have peripheral nerve disease. There’s no cure, but healthy lifestyle changes, routine checkups, and prescription medication can help you feel better. At Pain Medicine of the South, the team of interventional pain management specialists offers high-quality care for peripheral nerve disease, including treatment with peripheral nerve stimulators. To make an appointment, call the office in Knoxville, Tennessee, or book online today.
Peripheral nerve disease is a condition that damages your peripheral nerves –– the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord, responsible for touch and temperature sensations.
Anyone can develop peripheral nerve disease, but it’s most common in people with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.
Symptoms of peripheral nerve disease include:
As the condition worsens, you might also experience bladder or bowel problems, like incontinence.
Make an appointment with the team at Pain Medicine of the South if you have tingling or numbness in your hands or feet that doesn’t improve with at-home treatment. That’s especially true if your symptoms affect your mobility or keep you from activities you enjoy.
Peripheral nerve disease occurs for various reasons, including:
You might also develop peripheral nerve disease if your job exposes you to toxic substances or heavy metals.
To diagnose peripheral nerve disease, your Pain Medicine of the South provider reviews your medical records and completes a physical exam and a neurological exam. They test your reflexes, check your muscle strength and tone, and assess your gait and posture.
Next, your provider orders lab work, including blood tests and urinalysis. They also perform nerve conduction tests. These tests record the electrical activity of your muscles to identify nerve damage.
Treatment of peripheral nerve disease depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Your Pain Medicine of the South provider might recommend:
If you experience peripheral nerve disease because of a pinched nerve or a tumor, surgery might be necessary.
To explore the treatment options for peripheral nerve disease, make an appointment at Pain Medicine of the South. Call the office to speak with a staff member or click the online booking feature today.