Neuropathy affects 25%-30% of Americans, causing pain, numbness, and many other disruptive symptoms. If you’re concerned about neuropathy, make an appointment with Jacqueline Weisbein, DO, at her private practice in Napa, California. Dr. Weisbein diagnoses neuropathy and offers personalized treatment programs to address your specific needs. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Weisbein or use the online booking tool.
Neuropathy, which is also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, occurs when your peripheral nerves are damaged. Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that extend from your spinal cord and spread through your body. They help you move, experience physical sensations, and control many of your body functions like your digestive and urinary systems.
Diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy. However, a wide range of other conditions can also cause nerve damage, including:
Getting treatment for neuropathy is critical as the condition can lead to complications, including burns, skin ulcers, infections, and loss of balance.
The symptoms of neuropathy vary, depending on the type of nerve that’s damaged. For example, if your sensory or motor nerves are damaged, you may notice:
However, if your autonomic nerves are damaged, you may find that you become sensitive to heat and either sweat too much or too little. You may develop bladder or bowel problems, or your blood pressure may change.
During your consultation, Dr. Weisbein asks about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. She also performs a neurological assessment, checking your reflexes, coordination, and sensitivity to touch. Dr. Weisbein also orders blood tests, MRIs, and nerve function tests to gather more information to inform your diagnosis.
Treatment for neuropathy depends on your symptoms and how they’re affecting your health. Dr. Weisbein understands that your experience with pain is unique and works with you to create a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Some of the therapies that she may include in your program include:
If you’re concerned about neuropathy, call Dr. Weisbein or schedule a consultation online today. She can help design a customized treatment plan that can reduce your pain and restore your quality of life.