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Neuropathy Specialist

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California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Neuropathic disorders affect your nerves, causing pain and problems like burning sensations and hypersensitivity. The highly skilled team at California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, offers a range of treatments that effectively target the cause of your condition. To get the relief you need from neuropathic pain and other symptoms of neuropathy, call California Pain Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Your nerves transmit sensory information to your brain using a system of electrical and chemical impulses. Neuropathy is due to damage or dysfunction of the nerves.

Neuropathic conditions cause nerve pain and unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Burning and prickling sensations
  • Tingling or “pins-and-needles” sensation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Muscle weakness and wasting
  • Numbness

Once they exit the central hub of your spinal cord, the nerves become peripheral (away from the center), so this condition is often referred to as peripheral neuropathy.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy can develop if you’ve had a serious illness, or you could get chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy if you have cancer. Infectious diseases, nutrient deficiencies, alcoholism, poisoning, repetitive stress, and physical trauma can cause your nerves to malfunction, as well as conditions like:

  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Celiac disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • HIV-associated peripheral sensory neuropathy
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • Lupus

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a particularly common form of this condition. It’s a problem for people who have diabetes and most often affects the lower limbs. As well as pain in the feet, diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes numbness that can make it easier for infections and ulcers to develop in your feet.

Often the cause of neuropathy isn’t clear; that is known as idiopathic neuropathy.

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

To determine the best course of treatment for your neuropathy, the California Pain Medicine Center team performs a comprehensive evaluation, including tests such as nerve blocks, nerve conduction velocity tests, and an EMG (electromyogram).

Depending on your results, they prepare an individualized plan for you that could include treatments such as:

  • Multimodality physical therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Desensitization
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medication
  • Anesthetic and neurolytic nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Neuromodulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

For most patients, a combination of treatments works well in relieving neuropathic pain and other symptoms of neuropathy. Some types of neuropathy get better and disappear in time, but in many cases, it’s a long-term, often permanent, problem.

Understanding your pain and learning to manage it are vital elements in restoring a better quality of life when you have neuropathy. As well as their extensive range of outpatient treatments, California Pain Medicine Center also runs a 20-day rehabilitation program for patients with chronic neuropathic pain.  

To find out how you can overcome neuropathy and take back your life, call California Pain Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.