Neuropathy Specialist

The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute

Rehan Ali, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Paramus, NJ

Neuropathy pain affects as many as 20 million people in the United States. At The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute in Paramus, New Jersey, experienced pain management specialist, Rehan Ali, MD, offers comprehensive care to provide you with long-term relief of chronic pain associated with neuropathy. To learn more about your options for treatment at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute, call the office or request an appointment online now.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a nerve condition that results when trauma or an underlying disease damages your peripheral nerves. The peripheral nervous system is responsible for sending information from your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to all other parts of your body.

When nerve damage disrupts these information signals, you can experience persistent pain that worsens over time.

What causes neuropathy?

Damage to the peripheral nervous system can result from a direct injury suffered in a fall, auto accident, or another traumatic event. You may also develop persistent pain of neuropathy from underlying health conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Exposure to toxins

Depending on which area of the peripheral nervous system is affected by damage, you can experience a wide range of symptoms and types of pain.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

There are three types of nerves that make up your peripheral nervous system: the sensory nerves that provide sensation in your body, the motor nerves that control your muscle movements, and the autonomic nerves that control functions, like heart rhythm and blood pressure.

Damage to any of these nerves can cause symptoms like:

  • Poor balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sharp, burning pain
  • Lack of coordination
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch

You may also experience changes in your bowel or bladder function or develop chronic digestion problems.

If you have persistent muscle weakness or pain that affects your mobility, you should schedule a diagnostic consultation with Dr. Ali at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute as soon as possible.

How is neuropathy treated?

To determine which treatment is right for you, Dr. Ali reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam of the area where you have pain or other symptoms of neuropathy.

Dr. Ali may recommend minimally invasive treatments to address the nerves causing your pain. This may include injections of anesthetic medications in the area of the affected nerves.

Dr. Ali also offers radiofrequency ablation, a procedure where he destroys the damaged nerve with heat to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain.

For some with chronic neuropathy pain, Dr. Ali can recommend medical marijuana. As a registered physician for medical marijuana in New Jersey, he can determine if you meet the criteria for using cannabis or cannabinoids to ease neuropathy-related pain and help you register with the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program.

Dr. Ali can also work with you on lifestyle changes and at-home exercises to help you improve your overall health and your mobility to better cope with the chronic pain of neuropathy.

If you can’t find relief from neuropathy symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today. You can book an appointment online or by calling The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute.

 

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