Neuropathy

Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA

Neurological Surgery & Chiropractic located in Houston, TX & Pasadena, TX

More than 20 million Americans have neuropathy, a painful condition caused by damage to your peripheral nerves. At Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA, in Houston and Pasadena, Texas, Edward C. Murphy, MD, and Bogar Ventura, DC, offer state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for neuropathy to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call your nearest office or make an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy occurs when damage to your peripheral nerves interferes with their function and the way that information travels between your body and your central nervous system. 

Your peripheral nerves extend out of your spinal cord and travel throughout your body. There are three types of peripheral nerves:

  • Motor nerves: Control your body's voluntary and involuntary movement
  • Sensory nerves: Carry messages about your environment to your brain 
  • Autonomic nerves: Control your body functions such as digestion, heart rate, and respiration

Any of these nerves can be affected by neuropathy. As a result, the neuropathy symptoms vary significantly. For example, neuropathy may cause:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness in your hands or feet
  • Extreme pain
  • Unable to feel pain, pressure, temperature, or touch
  • Lost coordination and dexterity
  • Lost reflexes
  • Burning sensations 
  • Feeling like you're wearing socks or gloves
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle twitches, spasms, or cramps
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Paralysis
  • Urinary difficulty
  • Digestive problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Abnormal heart rate or blood pressure
  • Dizziness

If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to talk to the team at Edward C. Murphy, MD, for diagnosis and treatment. 

What causes neuropathy?

A variety of factors contribute to neuropathy. For example, you may develop neuropathy after physical trauma or infection that damages your nerves. Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can also cause neuropathy.

Diabetes is another common cause of nerve damage. You can also have hereditary neuropathy such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

Dr. Murphy and Dr. Ventura offer comprehensive exams to identify the cause of your symptoms. They talk to you in detail about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. They also check your reflexes, muscle strength, sensitivity to touch, and coordination.

In addition to your physical exam, your doctor may order diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and nerve conduction studies to locate the damaged nerve. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Your doctor provides highly customized care to address your neuropathy. While nerve damage isn't repairable, treatments such as chiropractic care, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and physical therapy can reduce your symptoms and restore your quality of life. 

Your doctor explains your treatment options and answers your questions to empower you to make the best choice about your health care.

If you have neuropathy symptoms, call Edward C. Murphy, MD, or make an appointment online today for expert, customized care.