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Neuropathy Specialist

Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville

Integrative Medicine & Medical Clinic located in Knoxville, TN

Neuropathy sufferers often deal with problems like burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet, and these issues can be incredibly frustrating and even interfere with your daily living. Fortunately, the medical team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee can help relieve neuropathy symptoms using an integrative approach that’s customized just for you. Your consultation is free, so book online or by phone now.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy disorders happen when you have a damaged nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system delivers information from your central nervous system to other parts of your body, but the peripheral nerves can be badly damaged and prevent or interfere with this information transmission. Less commonly, the central nervous system can sustain damage.  Nerve-signaling issues can take three forms:

  • Lost signals
  • Signals that shouldn't occur
  • Distorted signals

The result of these nerve-signal issues can be severely uncomfortable – and potentially very dangerous – symptoms.

Why does neuropathy happen?

Neuropathy is directly connected to another issue. Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy, and over 50% of diabetes sufferers will have diabetic neuropathy. Other causes of neuropathy include autoimmune diseases, kidney disease, and hereditary diseases. In some instances, medications used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS can trigger neuropathy.

While the direct cause of most cases of neuropathy is clear, there are some rare cases where the origin isn't known. Regardless of why you have neuropathy, Dr. Shreve can create a customized symptom-relief plan based on your individual body chemistry.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Several tell-tale signs indicate that you could be dealing with neuropathy. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Pain in your hands, feet, or lower legs
  • Burning sensation in your hands, feet, or lower legs
  • Pins-and-needles sensation in your hands, feet, or lower legs
  • Dizzy spells when you make sudden movements

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, don't hesitate to speak with Dr. Shreve so you can get a diagnosis and treatment.

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

Treatment at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville is completely customized for your particular case of neuropathy. Treatment begins with symptom relief. It can include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Topical creams and gels
  • Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation for nerve pain

In addition to relieving your symptoms, Dr. Shreve will work to help you heal. Regenerative medicine, specifically stem-cell injections, can potentially help regenerate damaged nerves and help you achieve symptom relief for the long term.

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a group of diseases that happen when your peripheral nervous system sustains damage. Your peripheral nervous system takes messages from the central nervous system – your brain and your spinal cord – and relays them to the rest of your body.

When your nerves malfunction, die, or are otherwise damaged, it can cause a number of issues throughout your body.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

The cause of peripheral neuropathy varies from one sufferer to the next. The most common cause is diabetic nerve damage. About half of all diabetics have peripheral neuropathy. Other possible causes include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Physical trauma
  • Kidney failure
  • Hereditary diseases
  • Medications that affect the immune system, particularly HIV/AIDS drugs

Dr. Shreve can determine the cause of your peripheral neuropathy and then help you recover through minimally invasive natural treatments.

Why do diabetics often have peripheral neuropathy?

When you have high blood sugar, nerves throughout your peripheral nervous system can suffer damage. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy sufferers typically have nerve damage in the feet, and a variety of difficult symptoms can result.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Numbness in your extremities
  • Burning sensation in your extremities
  • Shooting pains in your extremities, particularly in your feet
  • A pins-and-needles sensation in your extremities

If you have any of these symptoms, it's vital that you seek help right away. Ignoring the symptoms could lead to long-term damage. For example, if you experience foot numbness, you could develop injuries that you don't even know about and this can lead to foot ulcers and fractures. Some diabetic neuropathy sufferers can even lose a foot to damage or injury if they don't get help soon enough.

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be sporadic, but they'll return, sooner or later. Diabetic nerve damage doesn't resolve on its own, which is why you need the help of a natural-healing expert who takes an integrative approach to your wellness.

How does the doctor treat peripheral neuropathy?

Treatment can include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Topical creams and gels
  • Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation for nerve pain

To help you heal damaged and dying nerves, Dr. Shreve can also recommend stem-cell injections.

Schedule your free consultation online or by phone now.