Neuropathy

Tim Chowdhury, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

Ortho-Spine Rehabilitation Center

Tim Chowdhury, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dublin, OH & Marion, OH

In the simplest of terms, neuropathy describes nerve damage. But the results can be anything but simple, which is why you need a specialist like Tim Chowdhury, MD, on your health care team. At Ortho-Spine Rehab Center, Dr. Chowdhury helps his patients in Dublin and Marion, Ohio, receive the care they need to relieve the discomfort of neuropathy and prevent more widespread damage. For more information, please call or use the online booking tool.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a term used to describe damage to your peripheral nerves. Your nerves can be classified into three categories:

  • Sensory nerves, which are responsible for sensation
  • Motor nerves, which control function
  • Autonomic nerves, which are automatic, like your breathing

When a condition affects any of these nerves, it can lead to a host of symptoms that range from pain to organ dysfunction. That said, neuropathy most often affects the sensory nerves in your extremities, chiefly your arms, hands, legs, and feet.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy depend upon which type of nerves have incurred damage. If your sensory nerves are involved, it often leads to:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Loss of reflex and coordination

Motor neuropathy is often signaled by:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramps
  • Twitching
  • Falling
  • Difficulty moving

Lastly, autonomic neuropathy leads to dysfunction in the area the nerve controls, such as loss of bladder function or excessive sweating.

What causes neuropathy?

Many conditions can lead to nerve damage, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Injury
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Infections
  • Toxins
  • Vascular issues

Far and away, the most common form of neuropathy is diabetic neuropathy, which largely affects the distal parts of the extremities.

How is neuropathy diagnosed and treated?

When you first come in, Dr. Chowdhury spends a considerable amount of time reviewing your symptoms and your medical history. He may also turn to advanced imaging or nerve conduction studies to get a better understanding of the type of nerve damage.

After making a diagnosis, Dr. Chowdhury works to alleviate your symptoms and initiate a treatment plan that may halt or possibly reverse your nerve damage. How he goes about this depends upon the underlying cause of the problem.

Rest assured, whatever the cause, he’s using the latest pain management techniques to help you find relief from the symptoms of your neuropathy.

To request for a consultation with Dr.Chowdhury, call Ortho-Spine Rehab Center or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.