Neuropathy is damage or interruption of the nerves in the feet and legs that can cause burning, tingling, numbness, pain and difficulty with balance and gait.
To properly diagnose patients with neuropathy, we use special testing equipment at our Nerve Pain Center, the first of its kind in the region.
Conservative methods of treatment include:
- Nerve blocks
- MLS Laser Treatment
- ESTIM, which can be used for chronic pain when neuropathy is in its early stages or for patients who are not a candidate for surgical intervention
If the neuropathy has progressed to the point where there is numbness and tingling throughout the day and weakness interferes with daily activities, then you might be a candidate for a new surgical procedure: nerve decompression surgery.
- Nerve decompression surgery is particularly suited to the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and has an 80-90% improvement rate
- The surgery is also beneficial for non-diabetic neuropathy, and provides similar results
Nerve Compression Can Cause Neuropathy
Dr. Lee Dellon, professor of neurosurgery and plastic surgery at John Hopkins University, discovered in 1988 that a diabetic’s nerves were subject to compression and swelling in areas that were anatomically tight, such as the inside of the ankle, and that this compression could cause the symptoms of neuropathy.
There are two reasons why a diabetic’s nerves are subject to compression:
- The tendency of a diabetic’s nerves to swell. The by-product of sugar attracts water molecules, which are drawn into the nerve and causes it to swell. If a nerve swells in a place that is already tight, then the nerve becomes pinched, or compressed.
- Faulty transport systems within the diabetic nerve. These are believed to be caused by compression on the nerve in the nerve tunnels. Opening the nerve tunnel allows the flow of proteins to resume.
Nerve decompression surgery may also be effective in many cases where the neuropathy is unrelated to diabetes. Success rates in non-diabetic neuropathy are equal to those in diabetic neuropathy patients.