Neuropathy, scientifically known as Peripheral Neuropathy, is damage to or a disease(s) affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerves which are affected. Neuropathy can be caused by various reasons, most of which include systemic diseases such as diabetes or leprosy, vitamin deficiency, medication like chemotherapy, traumatic injury, radiation therapy, excessive alcohol consumption, immune system disease, Coeliac disease, or viral infection. It can also be genetic, which is present from birth, or idiopathic, which has no known cause.
The medical term ‘neuropathy’ covers a really wide area and many nerves. However, the problems that are caused depend on the type of nerves that are affected. These include the sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves. Any issue caused to these nerves may cause tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the feet and hands, while also causing changes in the heart rate and blood pressure or sweating. Neuropathy treatment can be a very complex process, but it is as vital to reduce the pain which it can cause.
We, at the Center for Wellness and Pain Control of Las Vegas, offer a wide variety of treatments when it comes to damaged nerves and the resulting pain. One of the offered treatments is called Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure). Also known as SCS, spinal cord stimulation uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed.
Another way of neuropathy treatment is called Sympathetic Nerve Block, which, as the name suggests, is designed to target the sympathetic network of nerves. Sympathetic Nerves are a network of nerves that extend the length of the spine and control some of the crucial involuntary functions of the body such as the opening and narrowing of blood vessels. Sympathetic Nerve Blocks work directly on this network of nerves. With a standard nerve block, a local anesthetic is injected around a nerve, preventing pain messages traveling along that nerve pathway from reaching the brain. Standard never blocks are typically used to relieve pain for a short period of time, such as during a surgery. A Sympathetic Nerve Block is performed to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain and whether it is the source of pain. It takes thirty minutes for the procedure followed by evaluation and recovery for several hours.
Once the concerned nerve networks are identified, the patient is then given a course of action for neuropathy treatment to eradicate the problem from the source.