What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a medical term used to describe the condition of nerves that are unwell or not functioning properly. Our nerves act like electrical wires in our body, transmitting information to and from our brains, allowing us to sense our environment and move our extremities. However, various factors can cause nerves to become sick or dysfunctional.
Mechanical forces such as compression or stretching can contribute to nerve damage and neuropathy. When nerves are compressed or stretched, their ability to transmit signals effectively can be compromised. This can occur due to conditions like nerve entrapment or injuries that put pressure on the nerves. Additionally, metabolic factors can play a role in the development of neuropathy. Elevated blood sugar levels, which are commonly seen in diabetes, can damage nerves over time. Abnormal thyroid function or deficiencies in certain nutrients, such as B vitamins, can also affect nerve health.
In addition to mechanical and metabolic factors, certain toxins can contribute to nerve damage and the development of neuropathy. Substances like alcohol and certain medications can have toxic effects on the nerves, leading to dysfunction and symptoms of neuropathy.
It’s important to note that neuropathy is often a result of multiple factors acting together. For example, individuals who smoke, have diabetes, or have a deficiency in B vitamins are more susceptible to experiencing nerve dysfunction from even mild compression or stretching compared to those with healthier nerves.
The symptoms of neuropathy can vary depending on the specific nerves affected. Common symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the areas supplied by the affected nerves. Neuropathy can occur in various parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, legs, or other areas.
At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we understand the impact that neuropathy pain can have on your daily life, and our team is dedicated to providing effective nerve pain relief. Our approach focuses on addressing the underlying causes of your pain and developing a tailored treatment plan to meet your specific needs. By combining various treatment modalities, we aim to reduce pain, improve nerve function, and enhance your overall quality of life.
Common Neuropathy Conditions We Treat:
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Chemotherapy Neuropathy
- Toxic Neuropathy (alcohol, medications, ..)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ulnar Neuropathy
- Foot Drop
- Nerve Injuries
- and more
Understanding your neuropathy pain diagnosis and treatment
Understanding your neuropathy pain and receiving an accurate diagnosis are crucial steps in determining the appropriate treatment plan. The most common symptoms of neuropathy include pain, numbness, and weakness. The pain experienced by individuals with neuropathy can vary in character, ranging from electrical-like sensations to burning, pressure, or pins and needles. When neuropathy affects the legs and feet, patients may also experience sensations of heaviness, cramping, and a loss of balance. Weakness is another common symptom that can manifest as dragging of the feet, frequent tripping, or difficulty holding onto objects in the case of neuropathy affecting the upper extremities.
To obtain a proper diagnosis of neuropathy, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary. This typically involves a thorough medical history and a neurological physical examination performed by a healthcare professional. During the physical exam, specific tests may be conducted to assess reflexes, sensation, muscle strength, and coordination. These evaluations help identify the presence and extent of nerve damage.
In some cases, additional testing may be required to further understand the nature and underlying cause of neuropathy. Electrical nerve studies, such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS), are commonly used to evaluate nerve function and identify any abnormalities. These tests involve the measurement of electrical signals along the nerves, helping to pinpoint areas of dysfunction or damage.
Imaging studies, such as ultrasound scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may also be employed to provide a more detailed view of the affected nerves and surrounding structures. These imaging techniques can help identify structural abnormalities, nerve compression, or other potential causes of neuropathy.
Laboratory testing may be recommended to uncover any underlying conditions or nutritional deficiencies that could be contributing to the development of neuropathy. Blood tests can assess blood sugar levels, thyroid function, vitamin levels (including B vitamins), and check for specific autoimmune markers or other abnormalities.
Once a diagnosis is established, our dedicated team will work with you to create a personalized neuropathy pain treatment plan. We understand that every individual is unique, and our goal is to tailor the treatment approach to your specific needs. Depending on the underlying cause and severity of your nerve pain, various treatment options may be recommended. Treatment options typically include treatments such as nerve blocks or nerve hydrodissection to decrease pain and improve nerve function, physical therapy, 1 on 1, with a licensed physical therapist to help improve gait, balance, and proprioception, supplements to improve nerve health and decrease inflammation, and more advanced interventions like regenerative injections with platelet rich plasma PRP or stem cells to target the source of the pain and promote healing. These treatments can help reduce inflammation, stimulate nerve regeneration, and provide long-term relief for neuropathy pain.
Our primary objective is to help you find effective neuropathy pain relief and improve your overall quality of life. By combining our expertise in integrative regenerative medicine with a patient-centered approach, we are committed to addressing the root cause of your neuropathic pain and providing you with the best possible care. If you’re experiencing neuropathy that is affecting your daily activities, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation. Our compassionate team is here to support you on your journey to recovery.
At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we are committed to delivering exceptional regenerative treatment, sports injury treatment, pain management and expert orthopedic care in Southwest Florida. Our team of compassionate therapists are dedicated to helping you achieve your rehabilitation goals and regain an active, pain-free lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have a centralized treatment center in Estero Florida so we can easily service Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida.
Are You a Candidate for Neuropathy Treatment?
Non-surgical Treatment of Neuropathy Pain in Southwest FL
Our Integrative Advantage is the most comprehensive treatment strategy for Neuropathy pain in Southwest Florida. We combine multiple modalities that address all the contributing factors to provide the best results:
- Regenerative Medicine Injections such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Stem Cells, and Prolotherapy are used to decrease pain and stimulate healing
- Physical Therapy working 1 on 1 with a licensed physical therapist to strengthen and re-educate the muscles and nervous system for decreased pain and improve function
- Functional Medicine individualized dietary plans including an anti-inflammatory diet and nutritional supplements are used to improve health and support the healing process
- Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, promoting pain relief and relaxation
- Energy Modalities such as Laser therapy and PEMF are the wave of the future. They can safely and effectively stimulate healing and provide pain relief
Integrative Rehab Medicine: Southwest Florida regenerative medicine, pain management and orthopedic care.
As a retired pain physician I am extremely picky on who I see and all I can say is Dr. Klisiewicz is Excellent! I sought him out for my pain problems and he has been spot on with his diagnosis and treatment. A very affable, kind and smart young man that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone in pain to see. He is surrounded by a competent staff.
Recently I had iliac artery surgery (PAD) for pain which I have had for several years. I feel better than I have felt in a long time and am able to walk without pain. He and his associates continue to work with me in physical therapy. I would highly recommend this group.
Dr. Sebastian was amazing! I would highly recommend him. I was experiencing a significant Fibromyalgia flare and lower back pain. He formulated a plan and along with his dietician and PT, I am recovering. I was losing hope. So grateful for his guidance on my health!
Carol’s nerve pain and neuropathy symptoms resolved with several regenerative nerve hydrodissection treatments. Her leg, foot and hand burning pain was treated by Dr. Sebastian, a neuropathy and regenerative medicine specialist in Estero, Southwest FL (Fort Myers, Bonita Springs).
Leigh was told by her neurologist that her nerves would never heal from the severe neuropathy caused by Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). Here she tells how Regenerative Nerve Hydrodissection Injections are helping her nerves regain function.