Whether you’ve been dealing with unexplained weakness, sensitivity, or sharp pain in a limb, you’re left wondering what’s going on. For about 20 million Americans, the answer is peripheral neuropathy. This nerve issue causes a wide range of unwelcome sensations.
Ultimately, though, you might be tempted to wait it out. Your nerves can heal, after all, so you might be able to get to the other side of this problem with a little patience — right?
Potentially. But Samantha Childers, DPM, and Ricky Childers, DPM, generally recommend coming to one of our North Central Texas Foot & Ankle offices, located in Roanoke and Decatur, Texas, if you’re experiencing unexplained sensations in a limb. While neuropathy can heal on its own, it usually doesn’t.
Let’s take a closer look at why.
While your nerves can heal, the process is a slow one.
If you injured the nerves (maybe in a car accident or slip-and-fall incident), proper rest allows your body to have the chance to slowly regenerate the affected nerves. At times, though, you may still need involved treatment to help the area heal properly.
If an underlying condition causes your neuropathy, it’s a different story. Allowing your nerves the opportunity to heal means getting rid of the root cause of the issue, and that might be impossible.
Many people living with neuropathy, for example, deal with this nerve issue because of diabetes. And since there’s no cure for diabetes, we have no way to remove the underlying condition to create an ideal environment for nerve regeneration.
That doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck, though. While your neuropathy likely won’t heal on its own, Drs. Childers works with you to manage your symptoms and prevent the nerve damage from getting worse.
Tailoring your neuropathy plan to you
When you visit our team for neuropathy care, our goal is to bring you as much symptom relief as possible. We personalize a care plan to what you’re experiencing. It might include:
- Custom orthotics
- Medical-grade supplements
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
- Regenerative medicine injections (like platelet-rich plasma [PRP] and stem cell therapy)
If none of these options work, Dr. Ricky Childers offers nerve surgery to help alleviate your symptoms. We can explore this option with you after trying more conservative treatments.
When you’re dealing with neuropathy symptoms, getting dedicated care goes a long way toward bringing relief. To get started, call our team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle or send an online message to one of our offices today.