Do you suffer from painful or numb feet? Tingling hands?

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If so, you have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. What is peripheral neuropathy? Neuropathy is nerve damage, resulting from local insult to the nerves or systemic factors. Peripheral means that extremities are affected i.e., hands and feet.

Symptoms include:

  • Burning
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Stabbing, sharp pains
  • Decreased temperature perception
  • Aching feet or hands
  • Decreased sensitivity to painful stimulus

Causes of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Undiagnosed or poorly controlled Diabetes Mellitus
  • Nerve damage or compression r/t surgical repair or injury
  • Thyroid or other autoimmune diseases
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Exposure to heavy metals and environmental toxins
  • Genetic factors

It is important to diagnose neuropathy early, investigate the cause, and initiate treatment to halt and in many cases reverse nerve damage. Long-term consequences of untreated peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Progressive disability from pain
  • Trouble walking and falls
  • Slow healing wounds progressing to infection
  • Amputations
  • Decreased mobility
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Premature death

Peripheral neuropathy can be diagnosed through a brief office consultation and nerve conduction testing (takes approx. 30 minutes).  KCA Neurology providers will educate you concerning your diagnosis and initiate a comprehensive treatment plan.  At KCA, our ultimate goal is to improve your quality of life by improving mobility and decreasing pain.

 

KCA Neurology
4323 Carothers Pkwy, Williamson Tower, Ste. 609
Franklin, TN 37067
615-550-1800

 

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