Neuropathy affects your peripheral nervous system, resulting in pain and other symptoms. At the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine in San Jose, California, Michael Jadali, DO, RPh, FAAPMR, provides unrivaled care and expertise for peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Jadali is a renowned pain medicine specialist who is here to help you through the aggravating symptoms of neuropathy and other pain disorders. Call the office today or book a consultation online to schedule an appointment.
Neuropathy is a medical condition that causes damage to your peripheral nerves. These nerves branch off from your brain and spinal cord, which are part of your central nervous system (CNS). The peripheral nerves provide sensation and relay messages from your CNS to other areas in your body.
Peripheral neuropathy affects any area in the body that’s not your brain or spinal cord. With this condition, there’s either a problem with nerve signals or inappropriate signals to areas like your hands and legs. Some other metabolic conditions such as diabetes also can be cuase of neuropathy. Collectively, these conditions can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
There are over 100 forms of peripheral neuropathy, each with its own specific symptoms. Each type of neuropathy presents differently, but common signs of this problem include:
Motor neuropathy, sensory neuropathy, and autonomic neuropathy are the three main categories of this condition. Each one of these forms has particular symptoms that allow the practice to narrow down the problem causing your neuropathy.
The practice diagnoses neuropathy using a number of tools and assessments. The team at the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine takes the time to listen to and understand your symptoms to properly diagnose the disorder.
The team takes a detailed history of your symptoms and performs a physical exam to diagnose neuropathy. Blood work and a neurologic exam as well as additional testing such as nerve conduction studies and electromyogram (NCV/EMG) studies are also helpful in diagnosing this condition.
Imaging tests, like an MRI, help detect pinched nerves or other mechanical causes of neuropathy. The practice also uses nerve conduction studies to find problems in your motor or sensory nerves.
The practice provides a wide range of treatments for neuropathy, often using medications to prevent pain associated with the condition. This includes antidepressants and anti-seizure medications, in addition to topical management of a cocktail of compounded medications. Dr. Jadali’s experience as a compounding pharmacist in the past is a valuable asset in this field.
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapies (OMT), Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are also helpful in coping with peripheral neuropathy. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, therapy, Anodyne light therapies are also used in conjunction with PT and OT to provide pain relief.
In depth and extensive analysis of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and certain amino acids are also extremely helpful to manage and improve neuropathies.
Alternative therapies and lifestyle changes also make a big difference when treating neuropathy. These include a healthy diet, exercise, and acupuncture or massage therapy. The practice provides personalized treatment plans specific to your symptoms.
To schedule an appointment with the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine, call today or send a message on the website.