CENTERVILLE MEDICAL CENTER
Chuck Osuagwu, MD
Internal Medicine & Adult Care and Primary Care located in Garland, TX
Neuropathy affects between 25-30% of American adults at any given time. Fortunately, with early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to manage and prevent it from worsening. At Centerville Medical Center, internal medicine physician Chuck Osuagwu, MD, specializes in the safe, effective treatment of neuropathy. To make an appointment at the practice in Garland, Texas, call the office, or click the online booking tool today.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a chronic condition characterized by damage to the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord. It often affects the hands and feet but occurs in other parts of the body as well. Though there’s no cure for neuropathy, when caught early on, it’s possible to manage and ease uncomfortable symptoms.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Common symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
- Jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Difficulty walking
As neuropathy progresses, you might also experience bowel or bladder issues, high blood pressure, or dizziness.
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy occurs for various reasons, including:
Diabetes affects your pancreas’ ability to manage and regulate blood sugar. If your blood sugar levels spike for an extended period, it increases the risk of permanent nerve damage.
Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus attack your body’s immune system. These diseases cause inflammation throughout your body, increasing the risk of nerve damage.
If you consume excessive amounts of alcohol, your body might not receive the vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive. Over time, these deficiencies can result in nerve damage and its associated side effects.
How is neuropathy diagnosed?
To diagnose neuropathy, your Centerville Medical Center provider conducts a physical exam, asks about your symptoms, and reviews your health history. Afterward, they order a series of tests, including:
- Blood work
- Imaging tests
- Nerve function tests
- Nerve biopsy
- Skin biopsy
After receiving the results of these tests, your provider designs a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
How is neuropathy treated?
Centerville Medical Center uses an advanced treatment technique called electrical cell signaling therapy (EST) to manage neuropathy. EST uses electrical frequencies between 4,000-20,000 Hz to retrain and heal your nervous system. The process takes less than 45 minutes, is virtually pain-free, and entirely noninvasive.
During EST, the electrical signals block pain receptors and reduce inflammation. To speed up your body’s natural healing process, your provider might also recommend improved nutrition, regular exercise, physical therapy, and blood sugar monitoring.
To receive treatment for neuropathy, make an appointment at Centerville Medical Center by calling the office, or clicking the online booking tool today.