An estimated 20 million people live with the persistent pain of neuropathy. At the office of Thomas Synek, MD, you can find nonsurgical treatment options to relieve chronic neuropathy pain and improve your mobility. Dr. Synek offers on-site diagnostic testing services to identify the root cause of your pain. He customizes treatment plans using medications, physical therapy, and regenerative medicine to improve your quality of life. To find relief from chronic nerve pain, call the Spring, Texas, pain management office to schedule an appointment, or book a consultation online today.

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What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy describes damage to your nerves. This damage can result from injuries to your nerves or from degenerative diseases that break down the structures in your spine or joints. These damaged structures and persistent inflammation can put pressure on your nerves, ultimately causing permanent damage.

If you have diabetes, you can also develop nerve damage. This condition, known as diabetic neuropathy, results when your blood sugar levels remain too high for too long. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the peripheral nerves that supply sensations to your arms, legs, hands, and feet.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy depend on which of your peripheral nerves are affected. If there’s damage to your motor nerves that control your muscle movements, you may experience muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations in your arms and legs.

If there’s damage to your sensory nerves, you may not be able to feel temperature differences or experience pain from injuries.

Damage to your autonomic nerves, the nerves that control unconscious body functions like digestion and breathing, can cause low blood pressure, an abnormal heart rate, and persistent sweating.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

The office of Thomas Synek, MD, offers on-site electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing services, which include electromyography (EMG). This technology tests the function of your nerves and muscles to identify areas of nerve damage in your peripheral nervous system.

If Dr. Synek detects areas of nerve damage, he may order computed tomography (CT) scans or other diagnostic imaging tests to identify its cause. Based on the test results, he customizes a treatment plan to relieve pain and other symptoms of neuropathy.

How is neuropathy treated?

To relieve neuropathy pain, muscle weakness, and tingling, Dr. Synek may prescribe medications. This could include pain relievers, antidepressants, or antiseizure medications to interfere with pain signals that travel to your brain.

You may also benefit from physical therapy or aquatic therapy that keeps your muscles strong and relieves compression on your peripheral nerves. Dr. Synek provides referrals for these therapies to keep you pain-free.

In some cases, regenerative therapies using stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may relieve neuropathy pain. These therapies trigger your body’s own healing ability to stimulate the production of new, healthy cells. As your body heals from the inside out, your pain lessens decreases your mobility increases.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy pain, call the office of Thomas Synek, MD, or book a consultation online today.