Peripheral Neuropathy

Austin Primary Care Physicians -  - Internist

Austin Primary Care Physicians

Internists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX

Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist
Austin Primary Care Physicians in Austin, Texas, brings hope to their share of the 20 million people in the United States suffering from pain associated with diabetic and peripheral neuropathy. By providing non-surgical, completely drug-free treatment, the compassionate and innovative team is able to drastically improve quality of life for patients with these debilitating forms of neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What are the symptoms of this condition?

The most common symptoms reported by patients affect the hands and/or the feet and include:

  • Feeling as if they’re wearing a sock or a glove
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Freezing or burning sensation in the hands and feet
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Pain described as electrical
  • Lower extremity pain that makes sleeping difficult
  • Muscle weakness, loss of coordination, difficulty walking

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary greatly from patient to patient and depend on the progression of the condition. Early treatment is key.

Are the causes of peripheral neuropathy known?

In some cases, doctors are unable to identify the cause of a patient’s peripheral neuropathy. In most cases, 1 or more of the following factors play a role:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Certain medication
  • Physical trauma
  • Inflammation
  • Hereditary disorders
  • Autoimmune disease: Including Celiac disease
  • Certain infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Poor nutrition
  • Exposure to toxins

Some forms of neuropathy can be inherited, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

When should treatment be sought?

Any patient who suspects they may have peripheral neuropathy or who is experiencing signs and symptoms of the condition should seek evaluation as soon as possible. Early intervention and treatment are critical to slow the progression and manage the symptoms of this debilitating condition.

What should patients look for in a provider?

Because neuropathy is complex, patients should select a provider experienced in the treatment of this condition. Furthermore, choosing a provider who specializes in drug-free, non-surgical treatment and management can provide maximum comfort, safety, and convenience for the patient.

Your Austin Primary Care Physicians have experience treating neuropathy and also emphasize prevention and overall wellness. They will treat your physical problems without losing focus that you are a complex and multifaceted human being.

Which conditions might look like neuropathy?

Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and Bell’s palsy affect nerves in the same way as peripheral neuropathy but they only impact a single nerve or nerve group as a time. On the contrary, the vast majority of patients with peripheral neuropathy suffer from polyneuropathy, which affects multiple nerves or nerve groups.

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