Neuropathy can be very challenging to diagnose. Generally, a physical exam, neurological exam, patient history, and screening tests are the first steps.
Screening tests can detect or rule out diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, liver or kidney dysfunction, and other metabolic disorders. Other diagnostic tests for neuropathy include:
- CT Scans that can detect vascular irregularities, brain tumors and cysts
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which can detect whether a nerve fiber has sustained compression damage.
- Electromyograms (EMG) can help differentiate between muscle and nerve disorders.
- Nerve conduction velocity testing can measure the degree of damage in large nerve fibers.
- Nerve biopsy, which can provide valuable information about the degree of damage in a nerve
- Skin biopsy, which can reveal information about nerve fiber endings.
Nerve damage can be progressive, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as symptoms appear. The first goal of treatment at PMIR is to address the underlying condition that’s causing nerve damage. For example, if you have neuropathy that is caused by diabetes, it’s essential to learn to control your blood sugar.
After the underlying issue has been addressed, we offer treatment options for nerve damage that include: