The Best Treatment Options for Neuropathy

Since roughly one in four Americans will live with neuropathy at some point during their lives, it’s no surprise that researchers and medical practitioners have extensively sought effective treatments. And fortunately, they’ve found success with many of them.

Even so, the problem is that because neuropathy can have so many causes and can even exist without a clear underlying condition, you might not know where to start to find relief. 

We can help with that. Here at Hawai’i Pain and Spine in the Windward area of Kailua, Hawai’i, Dr. Jonathan D. Carlson offers a broad range of neuropathy treatments. As a neuropathy specialist, he helps patients figure out what’s causing their neuropathy even as he works with them to find relief.

Beyond treatment the underlying condition causing your neuropathy, here are some of the treatment options Dr. Carlson may recommend: 

Lifestyle modifications

Since your diet can play a big role in your neuropathy, Dr. Carlson works with you to adjust what you eat in an effort to improve your quality of life. In some cases, modifying your exercise routine, sleep, or other parts of your life can also help to alleviate your symptoms. 

Laser therapy

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can help with certain types of neuropathy, particularly diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain. This treatment works by sending safe, low-intensity laser energy through your skin into the area where you feel pain or discomfort. 

Regenerative medicine

Stem cell therapy is a relatively new but exciting treatment for neuropathy, helping to repair injured nerve fibers and bring you relief.

Neuromodulation, including spinal cord stimulation

While some types of neuropathy can be treated by addressing the underlying condition causing the symptoms, some neuropathic symptoms persist without a clear cause. In those cases, Dr. Carlson offers neuromodulation. Rather than trying to treat the root cause of your discomfort, neuromodulation works to address the pain signals themselves.

Take spinal cord stimulation, one of the most common types of neuromodulation, as an example. With this treatment for low back pain, a tiny generator is implanted just under your skin, and it sends low-voltage electrical impulses to electrodes along your spine. The impulses interrupt the body’s ability to send pain signals to the brain in many patients, helping them find relief from hard-to-treat neuropathy.

Ultimately, Dr. Carlson works to offer the latest neuropathy treatments to our patients at Hawai’i Pain & Spine. He tailors his treatment recommendations to the type of neuropathy affecting you. 

If you want to learn more about your treatment options and what Dr. Carlson would suggest for your specific symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule your appointment today.

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