Neuropathy

Internal Medicine located in Inglewood, CA
Neuropathy

Neuropathy services offered in Inglewood, CA

Neuropathy symptoms vary, making it hard to diagnose. At Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, in Inglewood, California, the internal medicine physician offers testing to diagnose neuropathy. Dr. Scott is an innovative and experienced physician who believes in helping patients take control of their health by offering in-office tests so they don’t have to go to another clinic. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Los Angeles or book an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, also called peripheral neuropathy, is a general term for damage or dysfunction of your peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves serve as a communication system between your body and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). 

 

There are three types of peripheral nerves:

Sensory nerves

Sensory nerves transmit sensory information ― touch, pain, temperature — from your body to your brain.

Motor nerves

Motor nerves control muscle movement. 

Autonomic nerves

Autonomic nerves control body functions you have no conscious control over, like digestion, body temperature, and heart rate.

 

Neuropathy may affect any type of peripheral nerve. You can develop neuropathy from an injury, autoimmune condition, or vascular problem. However, diabetes is the most common cause. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy symptoms vary, depending on the type of nerve affected. Some common symptoms of neuropathy include:

 

  • Tingling, burning, or pain in the fingers or toes
  • Radiating electric shock-like sensations (sciatica)
  • Change in coordination or balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Excessive sweating
  • Problems with urination or bowel habits
  • Low blood pressure

 

Symptoms may appear suddenly or develop slowly over time. If you have any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott. 

What tests do I need to diagnose neuropathy?

Dr. Scott performs electrodiagnostic studies to diagnose neuropathy. These tests include:

Nerve conduction study (NCS)

During NCS, Dr. Scott places electrode patches on the skin over nerves and muscles in different areas of the body. He sends a pulse of electricity to one of the electrodes and measures the speed and strength of the signal when it reaches the second electrode. 

Needle electromyography (EMG)

EMG assesses muscle strength to diagnose motor nerve damage or dysfunction. For this test, Dr. Scott places a needle electrode through the skin and into the muscle. He then has you move the muscle and measures the electrical activity.

What are the treatments for neuropathy?

Treatment for neuropathy depends on the type of nerve affected and the underlying cause. Dr. Scott customizes your treatment plan so you get the best outcomes, which might include:

 

  • Managing the underlying cause of neuropathy
  • Nerve medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietary services

 

Dr. Scott schedules follow-up appointments to monitor health and nerve function and adjust your plan accordingly.

 

To find out more about neuropathy testing at Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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