Neuropathy is a pain condition caused by damage or injury to a nerve. The condition causes a range of symptoms that are difficult to control with traditional pain-relieving medications. Stuart Hough, MD, and Ramani Peruvemba, MD, at Pain Management Specialists in Rockville and Frederick, Maryland, find that recent developments in neuromodulation serve as a better tool for treating neuropathy pain. To learn more about treatment options for your neuropathy, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, isn’t a single disease. It’s a general term that indicates damage to the peripheral nervous system, the network of nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
Damage or injury to a peripheral nerve disrupts communication between your brain and spinal cord and to the skin, muscle, organ, or body system it connects to, resulting in neuropathy symptoms.
Nerve damage may develop from a medical condition such as diabetes (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) or multiple sclerosis, a pinched nerve (sciatica), an injury, or surgery.
Neuropathy symptoms vary and depend on the type of nerve involved and the location. Common symptoms of neuropathy include:
Neuropathy symptoms are harder to manage with typical pain-relieving medications.
The board-certified interventional pain management physicians at Pain Management Specialists offer many innovative treatment options to alleviate neuropathy pain.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you visit Pain Management Specialists for a neuropathy consultation. The interventional pain management experts have many years of experience and employ comprehensive, individualized care to get the best results.
During your consultation, your doctor reviews your symptoms, medical history, and the medications and therapies you’ve used to try to alleviate your neuropathy pain.
They conduct a physical exam and perform neurological tests to determine the location and severity of the nerve damage, which may include bloodwork, muscle strength testing, and nerve conduction studies.
Neuropathy is a chronic condition and treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms and preventing further nerve damage. Pain Management Specialists creates individualized treatment plans that focus on getting you the best results.
Your treatment plan may include non-opioid medications and injections.
However, with recent developments in neuromodulation, Pain Management Specialists has found better treatments for neuropathy, including:
HFX therapy is the first FDA-approved non-drug therapy for painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), even in people who have failed to respond to pain medications. For more information on HFX Therapy, click here
DRG stimulation from Abbott has been shown to be an effective treatment for the severe pain caused by nerve injury.
The interventional pain management physicians at Pain Management Specialists were among the first in Maryland to use these technologies to benefit their patients.
To learn more about neuropathy treatment at Pain Management Specialists, call the office or book an appointment online today.