What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a general medical term used to describe conditions that affect the nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is a type of this condition that affects the nerves located outside the spinal cord and the brain. This is most often in the arms and legs.
These are the symptoms that a patient with neuropathy may experience:
- Sharp, burning, tingling or throbbing pain.
- Numbness, tingling or prickling sensation.
- Muscle weakness
Causes and Risks
The most common causes include the following:
- Nerve damage due to trauma or injury
- Genetic disease
Treatment and Prevention
Treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends on the cause of the nerve damage.
Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is very important, as there is a possibility to remove the offending agent and slow the progression of the nerve damage.