The Peripheral Nervous System and Nerve Issues
Your nervous system is separated into two parts: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS, composed of the brain and spinal column, receives and processes the information sent by sensory nerves, as well as sends instructions to motor nerves (both of which are part of the PNS).
When the peripheral nerves are healthy, there is no issue. But if those nerves are weakened or damaged, several adverse symptoms and consequences can arise, such as:
- Unexplained painful sensations (tingling, zinging, burning, cramping, etc.), which may start out intermittent and mild but greatly increase in both frequency and severity.
- Muscle weakness and lack of balance or coordination.
- Gradual loss of ability to walk long distances, drive, engage in physical activities, etc. due to pain, numbness, and lack of muscle strength and coordination.
- Impaired sleep due to constant pain.
- Greatly increased risk of severe wounds, injuries, and infections due to total numbness in the feet once the sensory nerves are too damaged to communicate with the brain at all.
Because high blood sugar levels can be poisonous to nerve health, peripheral nerve damage is highly correlated with diabetes. In fact, a majority of people diagnosed with diabetes will develop some degree of neuropathy.
However, you do not need diabetes to have nerve problems. Other possible causes include alcohol abuse, poor diet, exposure to certain medications or toxins, and a variety of genetic and acquired medical conditions.
Common nerve-related foot and ankle diagnoses we treat include:
- Peripheral neuropathy, a general term for progressive nerve damage that produces many of the symptoms discussed above.
- Neuromas, which are enlarged, thickened areas of nerve tissue.
- Entrapped nerves, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when a nerve is subjected to constant pressure due to swelling, injuries, tumors, surgical errors, or any other reason.
What Conditions Does Neurogenx Treat?
Neuropathy that comes from various root causes like chemotherapy, infections, and diabetes can be effectively treated with Neurogenx, but so too can fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, neuritis, radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndrome, and even more.
Patients who have undergone this treatment report decreased use of narcotic pain medication, improved balance, and even better sleep. Neurogenx treatment takes away the needless waking in the middle of the night from pain and allows patients to sleep continuously for extended periods of time. It can also eliminate the fear of falling while walking that many patients who have nerve damage commonly experience. Some treated patients are even able to not only reduce, but completely give up the use of narcotic pain medications.
Although results vary from person to person and no treatment course can be fully guaranteed, about 4 out of 5 patients who undergo Neurogenx treatments experience significant improvement in their symptoms.
Other Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy
Whether or not Neurogenx is recommended as a treatment option for your nerve pain, we will typically also recommend a variety of procedures to help you manage your symptoms and keep the condition from worsening. Some common recommendations include:
- This approach is mainly used to treat existing pain. Pain relievers, topical treatments, anti-seizure medications, and even antidepressants can all be beneficial in certain cases.
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy can help improve balance and muscle strength.
- Dietary If simply switching to a healthier diet isn’t sufficient on its own, we also provide nutritional supplements rich in vitamins proven to promote nerve health.
- This might be recommended if your nerve problem is the result of physical pressure on a nerve, such as from a tumor or bony deformity.
Professional Nerve Treatment for the Dayton Area
If nerve pain is taking away your ability to perform your favorite activities and diminishing your quality of life, contact Sunshein Podiatry Associates. The medical specialists on our staff are experienced, skilled, and highly knowledgeable, and we all want to help you find the pain relief you need.
Give us a call at (937) 435-7477 to connect with our Centerville, OH office. Our staff will be glad to provide additional information or help set up an appointment at a time that works best for you.