According to the American Diabetes Association in 2015, 9.4% of the population was diagnosed with diabetes; this figure translates to more than 30 million diabetics living in the US. The high numbers are sure to make diabetes one of the most dangerous, riskiest, and fast-growing diseases in America. People who have diabetes are inclined to develop nerve damage, occasioned by high glucose (sugar) and triglycerides (fat) levels found in the blood. This severe condition is known as diabetic neuropathy. Innovative Pain Solutions in Dr. Phillips offers pain management doctors who specialize in the subject and are trained to provide diabetic peripheral neuropathy treatment with new techniques of spinal cord stimulation. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of those affected by the illness, and easing, by extension, the lending hands of their accompanying relatives.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms And Diagnosis
Peripheral neuropathy is the condition symptomized when either an injury or a disease manages to cause damage in the peripheral nervous system, prolonging from the brain to the spinal cord peripheral nerves that extend to the skin, muscles, and tissues.
For people with diabetes suffering peripheral neuropathy, early signs of symptoms appear in the form of pain and numbness in some regions of the body, like feet, legs, and other limbs. Tingling and burning can also be felt.
Extreme pain from diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a complication of diabetes mellitus, associated with lack of insulin production or deficient action of insulin in the organism. The diagnosis can be made by:
- Clinical examination, under the medical guard of a neurologist, in charge to perform physical and neurological testing to confirm the existence of peripheral neuropathy.
- Electromyography (EMG) study, used to determine the responsiveness of the muscle to nerve’s stimulation with electric shocks.
- Complementary laboratory studies
Available Options of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
Currently, most of the existing treatments are developed to reduce the progression of peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients.
Most treatments consist of practicing pain-relieving techniques, sufficient to slow down the settling of the condition, as well as further complications; none of the treatments result in a definitive cure.
Pharmaceutical drugs are available to be taken, but usually, bring along unwanted side effects.
Pain management doctors in Dr. Phillips are introducing a new treatment that is bringing hope to people suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This new treatment consists of stimulating the spinal cord (without medicinal drugs) by carefully implanting a device (spinal cord stimulator) able to generate minor electrical impulses proved to decrease pain in the patient.
The device is implanted using anesthesia and antibiotics.
The treatment is eligible for patients between the ages of 18 and 80.
At Innovative Pain Solutions, we’re happy to introduce you to the spinal cord diabetic peripheral neuropathy treatment. We’re the best set of pain management doctors; trained to take on any procedure and help relieve the pain caused. Call us or visit us, anytime you’d need our help. We’ll gladly help you live a pain-free life.