Neuropathy Specialist

The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, PA

Neurologists located in Frisco, TX & Southlake, TX

Burning, tingling, or a loss of sensation in your hand, feet, or limbs may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. The expert team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, PA, diagnoses and treats neuropathy at their convenient location in Frisco, Texas. If you suspect you may have peripheral neuropathy, don’t hesitate to call your nearest office or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is the peripheral nervous system?

Your peripheral nervous system connects your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. It’s made up of three types of nerves, including:

  • Sensory nerves that carry information to your brain about sensations, such as touch
  • Motor nerves that carry messages from your brain to your muscles to control movement
  • Autonomic nerves that regulate bodily functions, such as heart rate and digestion

All these nerves play an important role in keeping you healthy and functioning properly.

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy happens when the neurons, or nerve cells, in your peripheral nervous system become damaged or destroyed. This causes problems with the way your body and brain communicate with one another.

This condition can affect only one nerve or many. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of neuropathy that affects only one nerve.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy symptoms vary depending on the type and location of the nerve damage. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:

  • Sharp, throbbing, burning, or freezing pain
  • Gradual numbness that may begin as tingling
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Decreased strength and muscle coordination
  • Abnormal blood pressure or heart rate
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle twitching or spasms
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Dizziness or fainting

Symptoms can develop suddenly or appear gradually. Pain, tingling, and numbness often begin in the hands or feet and then spread into the arms or legs. Early diagnosis and treatment help prevent further nerve damage.

You should schedule an appointment at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology right away if you experience unusual tingling or loss of sensation in your hands or feet.

How do you diagnose and treat neuropathy?

To diagnose peripheral neuropathy, the team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology begins with a neurological exam and review of your medical history. They may also take diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Blood tests
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction study

Then, they develop an individualized treatment plan that best controls your particular neuropathy symptoms. Depending on your needs, this may include:

  • Medications to relieve pain
  • Physical therapy and massage
  • Nutritional therapy

Certain neuropathy conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, may require surgery to relieve the compressed nerve.

If you have symptoms of neuropathy, call The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology or schedule an appointment online.