As opposed to pain caused by trauma, injury, or problems in the musculoskeletal system, peripheral neuropathy is pain that seems to come from nothing and nowhere. In actuality, this pain stems from malfunctioning peripheral nerves, the nerves that connect your spinal cord to the rest of your body.
When it comes to testing for and managing this condition, the board-certified physiatrist and team of physicians at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute have the knowledge, skills, and technology to help you find relief.
There are several conditions and factors that can cause peripheral neuropathy, including:
- Repetitive stress
- Diabetes (the most common cause)
- Nerve compression (i.e. carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel)
- Mass effect (i.e. Herniated disc, ganglion cyst)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Autoimmune disorders (like lupus)
- Inherited diseases
- Certain toxins and medications
- Nerve compression from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or sciatica
The physiatrist at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute performs a comprehensive examination on all patients suspected of having a peripheral nerve injury to gauge strength, reflexes, balance, and sensation (among other things). The doctor might also perform imaging and other tests, including blood and protein analysis, EMG, and/or MRI and CT scans. He will then work with you to determine if surgery is necessary or if more conservative management using medication, physical therapy, or other therapies can alleviate your pain.
Call (847) 381-0388 for an appointment with our physiatrist or schedule online, and let Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute restore you to a pain-free life.