Neuropathy Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Neuropathy is a common condition that can cause concerning symptoms like burning pain and numbness throughout your body. Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, offers a wide range of safe and effective treatments for people suffering from neuropathy. Specializing in pain management, the team works with you to uncover the underlying cause of your symptoms and the most effective treatment. To speak with a doctor about neuropathy, call or book your appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Also known as peripheral neuropathy, neuropathy is a condition that occurs when you experience nerve damage. Your peripheral nerves refer to all of the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord, including those in your arms, legs, hands, and feet. 

A wide range of conditions can result in damage to your peripheral nerves, including:

  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Hypothyroidism

Neuropathy can also develop as a result of spinal conditions like spinal stenosis or sciatica. 

Certain medical treatments like chemotherapy and exposure to certain toxins can also result in nerve damage. 

Factors like alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, and repetitive motions (from sports or physical labor) can increase your risk of developing neuropathy. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The most common symptoms of neuropathy include weakness, tingling, numbness, and pain. Although neuropathy can affect any of the nerves throughout your body, it typically affects the nerves in your hands and feet. 

Additional symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Paralysis

If you experience symptoms of neuropathy, you should schedule an appointment at Stellar Pain and Spine as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment give you the best chances of preventing further damage to your nerves. 

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy. Diabetes can cause high levels of sugar in your blood which can injure your nerves. Diabetic neuropathy typically causes numbness, tingling, and burning pain in the legs and feet. 

Diabetic neuropathy can rob you of sensation in your legs and feet, making it difficult to notice injuries like cuts, scrapes, and even bone fractures. Without proper treatment, minor injuries can become a major problem without you even realizing it.  

Diabetic neuropathy can lead to serious foot problems like ulcers and infections which may require amputation to save your life. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Before treatment, your doctor has to determine the underlying cause of your nerve damage. In addition to a physical exam and review of your medical history, your doctor may conduct additional tests like:

  • Blood test
  • Nerve function test
  • Nerve biopsy 
  • CT scan
  • MRI

Treatment focuses on the underlying cause of your neuropathy. If you suffer from a condition like diabetes, getting your condition under control is the best way to improve your symptoms and prevent further nerve damage. 

Your doctor may recommend treatments like oral pain medication, topical medications, spinal cord stimulation, or physical therapy to help reduce your symptoms and improve your physical abilities. 

To learn more about neuropathy treatments, call Stellar Pain and Spine, or book your appointment online today.