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Peripheral neuropathy is condition in which the peripheral nerves don't work properly as a result of disease or damage.
The multidisciplinary team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore treats pain issues caused by nerve damage. The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy offers pain medicine specialists who work to develop effective treatment options for patients with peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nervous system, the system that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to other body parts. Peripheral neuropathy distorts or interrupts the messages sent from your brain often causing pain and numbness in the arms and legs.
Peripheral neuropathy can affect just one nerve, a nerve group or all of the nerves in your body. The most common cause of this nerve disorder is diabetes.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary depending on the specific nerves affected. Peripheral neuropathy commonly starts in the longest nerves of the toes. Symptoms may include:
Peripheral neuropathy can have many causes and therefore can be difficult to diagnose. Location of the nerve damage will need to be determined first, then a cause.
Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy may include:
Treatment may begin with managing the condition causing peripheral neuropathy. In many cases, peripheral neuropathy may then improve on its own.
In cases where a cause cannot be determined, treatment focuses on symptom management. This may include this following:
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides leading edge interventional pain treatment for conditions including spinal stenosis, herniated disk, facet arthropathy, osteoarthritis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post-herpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy and cancer pain. Our doctors specialize in treatments such as injections, decompressions and therapies to reduce and alleviate pain.
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Dr. David Maine, Director of The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine, helps patients with chronic pain, lower back pain and cancer pain.
A patient gains a new pain-free life after being treated by a team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center.