Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Eugene, OR

Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves, causing pain, weakness, and a variety of unpleasant sensations. If you have peripheral neuropathy, the interventional pain medicine experts at Pain Specialists of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, can help. They use innovative and effective treatments such as peripheral nerve blocks and peripheral nerve stimulation to relieve the effects of neuropathy. To find out more about effective therapies for peripheral neuropathy, call Pain Specialists of Oregon today or book an appointment via the online form.


What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy typically affects your arms, hands, feet, and legs, but it could also develop anywhere outside your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

Neuropathy is pain, often with other unpleasant sensations, due to nerve disease or damage. Peripheral nerves are the ones that branch out from your spinal cord across your entire body.

In addition to neuropathic pain, you might experience other sensations like burning or prickling, tingling, or hypersensitivity. Other common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness and weakness. Depending on which nerves are involved, you might also experience a loss of function.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can develop as a complication of conditions such as:

  • Shingles (causing postherpetic neuralgia)
  • Celiac disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Kidney failure
  • Lupus and other autoimmune disorders
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Alcoholism

One of the most widespread forms of this condition is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It affects people with diabetes, causing numbness that can prevent you from realizing you have a foot injury. Infection can set in, which combined with poor circulation resulting from diabetes, can lead to diabetic ulcers developing.


Other triggers for peripheral neuropathy include nerve injuries and compression, infectious diseases, nutrient deficiencies, poisoning, and repetitive stress.

To diagnose your condition, your provider at Pain Specialists of Oregon might run tests on your nerve function, such as an EMG (electromyogram) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) studies.

What treatments can help with peripheral neuropathy?

The Pain Specialists of Oregon team offers a range of potential treatments that they might include in your personalized treatment plan. These treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive reconditioning
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Lidocaine cream
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Orthopedic stem cell injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Peripheral nerve block injections

If your peripheral neuropathy symptoms aren't getting better with these treatments, Pain Specialists of Oregon also offers advanced options. One of these is radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive method of destroying pain nerves in certain parts of the body.

Another is peripheral nerve stimulation, where your provider implants a device that interferes with the electrical signals going from the nerves to your brain. If nerve pain originates in your spine, you could have a spinal cord stimulator implant.

If nothing else is working, you might benefit from having an implantable pain pump that delivers pain medications throughout the day.

If you have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, call Pain Specialists of Oregon to schedule a consultation or use the online form today to book an appointment.


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