Have you experienced tingling, numbness, or a shooting or burning pain in your arms, legs, hands, or feet? These symptoms happen to everyone occasionally, like when you sit on your foot and it "goes to sleep." But if you notice that these things are happening regularly and without explanation, it may be a sign of a more serious condition called neuropathic pain

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain, also known as neuropathy, occurs when the fibers of the nerves suffer damage or injury. As a result, the nerves fire off messages to the pain centers in the body. The brain interprets these signals and produces sensations of burning, tingling, and numbness. 

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be caused by a number of other conditions. These include problems with the hips, back, or legs. People undergoing chemotherapy or those who've had back or spine surgery may also develop neuropathic pain.  Diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis, and alcoholism are other common causes.

How do you treat neuropathic pain?

Your treatment may vary depending on the likely cause of your pain and the severity of your symptoms. In some cases, medication may do the trick. In others, more advanced techniques may be needed, such as peripheral neuropathy treatment.

If neuropathic pain is affecting your quality of life, don't wait any longer to seek treatment. The physicians at Riverview Medical Center can give you an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the right course of action for your condition. We even have two nurse practitioners on our staff who provide neuropathy care. Our services are covered by Medicare and most third-party payers. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.