If you’re having trouble performing daily tasks or notice strange sensations such as tingling in your hands or feet, you could have neuropathy, which affects more than half of patients with diabetes and 2-8% of the general population. The procedural medicine specialists at the Wicker Park, Chicago, office of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC offer innovative, science-backed therapies to alleviate neuropathy pain and heal damaged nerves with regenerative medicine. To find out how to get relief from your neuropathy, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Chávez or nurse practitioner Vanessa Flores.
Neuropathy, also called peripheral neuropathy, is nerve damage. When one or more of your nerves is damaged, they can’t send or receive signals properly anymore, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms. The three classifications of neuropathy are:
Motor neuropathy affects the muscles that you consciously move to perform your regular tasks and movements, such as walking, running, pickup up objects, and even talking.
Sensory neuropathy affects the nerves that transmit sensations and feelings, such as textures, heat, cold, and pain.
Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves in your autonomic nervous system which controls unconscious functions, such as breathing, digestion, and pumping blood through the heart.
Because so many different types of nerves can be affected, neuropathy has a wide variety of symptoms. You may also have more than one type of neuropathy at a time. Common symptoms include:
Women and men with diabetes are especially prone to sensory neuropathy in their feet. Diabetic neuropathy in the feet prevents you from noticing you’ve injured yourself, possibly leading to infection, gangrene, and amputation. Diabetic neuropathy in the eyes can cause blindness.
At the Chicago offices of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, founder Dr. Chávez and expert nurse practitioner Flores diagnose neuropathy through physical examinations, blood tests, nerve function tests, and nerve or skin biopsies. Based on their findings, they may recommend therapies such as:
Restore function and alleviate pain by getting neuropathy treatment at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC. Book an appointment by calling the friendly staff or using the online form.