Peripheral Neuropathy


 

Peripheral Neuropathy in Encino

The peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of the body, including the arms, hands, feet, legs, internal organs, mouth and face. The job of these nerves is to deliver signals about physical sensations back to your brain.

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when these nerves malfunction because they are damaged or destroyed. This disrupts the nerves’ normal functioning. They might send signals of pain when there is nothing causing pain, or they might not send a pain signal even if something is harming you.

Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired. Causes of acquired peripheral neuropathy include physical injury (trauma) to a nerve, diabetes, tumors, toxins, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism and vascular and metabolic disorders.

People should seek medical care right away if they notice any unusual tingling, weakness or pain in the hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance for controlling symptoms and preventing further damage to the peripheral nerves.

Surgical intervention often can provide immediate relief from mono-neuropathies caused by compression or entrapment injuries. Repair of a slipped disc can reduce pressure on nerves where they emerge from the spinal cord; the removal of benign or malignant tumors can also alleviate damaging pressure on nerves. Nerve entrapment often can be corrected by the surgical release of ligaments or tendons.


Dr. Glaser can determine which therapy or treatment will be right for you. Get in touch with us for your appointment at 818-501-PAIN (7246). For your convenience, you can use our Patient Portal. Our peripheral neuropathy patients come to us from Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Camarillo, Encino, Granada Hills, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Malibu, Northridge, Palmdale, Porter Ranch, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Stevenson Ranch, Studio City, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Valencia, Westwood, Woodland Hills and the nearby communities.