Whether from disease or injury, neuropathy refers to peripheral nerve damage that can cause muscle weakness and pain. Physical therapy is a treatment modality of neuropathy that may help reduce pain and improve function. Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, specializes in the therapeutic management of neuropathy and can develop a plan to help improve your quality of life. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, refers to a condition in which your peripheral nerves have become damaged. The damage may develop from an injury or an underlying disease. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that branch out from your spinal cord to send information back and forth between your brain and the rest of your body.
These nerves play an essential role in muscle movement, sensation, and the function of various organ systems, such as your bowel and bladder. Damage to the nerves affects these functions.
Symptoms of neuropathy vary and may depend on the nerve affected. Common symptoms include:
Neuropathy can affect one nerve or several nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of neuropathy that affects only one nerve. However, most people with neuropathy experience changes to several nerves.
Neuropathic pain is the pain that occurs as a result of your nerve damage. This type of pain is often more intense and is described as a sharp or stabbing sensation. Phantom limb pain, which may occur post-mastectomy, and diabetic neuropathy are examples of neuropathic pain.
The physical therapists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy play a crucial role in the management of your neuropathy by providing treatment to help reduce your pain and restore function.
Due to the multiple causes of neuropathy and the various nerves affected, treatment varies from person to person. Your therapist at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy creates a personalized plan based on your symptoms, medical history, and functional goals.
Treatment for your neuropathy may include:
Your physical therapy plan improves muscle strength, reduces pain, and can help improve blood sugar for those with diabetes.
For neuropathic pain, the team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy uses a combination of physical therapy and electrotherapy to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
For noninvasive management of your neuropathy from a team who puts your health and needs first, call Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy or request an appointment online.