Damage to your peripheral nerves is called peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can cause muscle weakness, and most commonly, numbness and pain in your extremities (hands and feet). There are many reasons why a patient may develop peripheral neuropathy. To understand this we must first understand the basics of the human nervous system. The nervous system is divided into two parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The PNS is comprised of all of the other nerves that reside outside of the CNS. The peripheral nerves carry information from all of the other parts of your body back to your brain and spinal cord for processing. These nerves contain sensory, motor, and autonomic nerve functions.
Neuropathy is described as damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. Nerve damage most commonly occurs from the following: Diabetes, Spinal Disc Disorders, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Trauma, Drugs, Chemotherapy, Autoimmune Conditions, and Alcoholism. The treatment of each one of these conditions is slightly different, and infrared light therapy can be helpful in most peripheral nerve problems. Diabetes is the most common form of peripheral neuropathy, but fortunately, it is the most successfully treated neuropathies with infrared light.
People with peripheral neuropathy have pain in the extremities, and generally describe the pain as numbing, burning, or stabbing. Often times, patients have a tingling sensation like ants crawling in their skin, or small electrical shocks/pulses. In some cases, symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable underlying condition.
Medications can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy in the beginning, but they are usually not an effective or viable long-term solution since they may not address the root cause of the neuropathy in the first place. The cause of neuropathy has to be identified first so that the correct treatment and prognosis can be given.
Early diagnosis usually offers the best treatment options, as is the case with most conditions. If peripheral nerves are not treated in time, a patient can develop permanent nerve damage, and then there will be very little, if any, treatment options available.
Numbness Treatment, Singapore
If you are looking for nerve pain treatment in Singapore, look no further. At the Singapore Bone and Joint Clinic, we have all of the tools that are needed to effectively treat the most common nerve problems that patients encounter. Our treatments are safe, effective, and without the use of drugs or surgery. We will first review your health history and listen to your concerns to see how we can treat your condition. Afterwards, we will give you a physical examination to check your gait, joint motion, circulation, sensation, and reflexes, if needed. Most conditions that have nerve involvement will benefit from the use of infrared light therapy in order to start healing the nerve and surrounding areas. In addition to infrared light therapy, we will use other forms of treatments to help correct your condition.