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Neuropathy Specialist

Apurva Dalal, MD -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Tri-State Orthopaedics

Apurva Dalal, MD

Orthopaedic Specialist & Robotic Surgeon located in Germantown, TN & Memphis, TN

If you’re among the 20 million people in the United States suffering from peripheral neuropathy, Apurva Dalal, MD, may be able to help. As an orthopedic and robotic surgeon, he can identify if you have an injury that’s interfering with the communication between the peripheral nerves and the spine. If you experience tingling or muscle weakness in your extremities, call Tri-State Orthopaedics with offices in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee, or use the online booking agent to schedule a consultation today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

The peripheral nerves connect your spine to the rest of your body, including your arms, hands, legs, feet, joints, internal organs, and even your mouth and eyes. When you experience damage to these nerves, it results in peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy means nerve damage or disease.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy leads to tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. You may experience these sensations as mild to severe, often with the symptoms worsening at night.

The numbness and weakness can progress to:

  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Trouble walking
  • Bowel and digestive problems
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Muscle twitches

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but you may also experience it due to:

  • Inherited causes
  • Infections
  • Metabolic problems
  • Trauma or injuries

How can an orthopedic surgeon help peripheral neuropathy?

Dr. Dalal helps you determine the underlying cause of your peripheral neuropathy. This assists in prescribing the right therapy because treating the underlying condition causing the nerve problem can resolve pain and other symptoms.

He may prescribe over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. Physical therapy exercises that improve your range of motion and muscle strength can help relieve impingement of the nerves. He can also do a thorough exam to determine if an issue in the vertebrae in your spine is causing the interfered communication with the peripheral nerves.

Dr. Dalal also recommends lifestyle changes to improve your condition. These include regular exercise, quitting smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and eating a healthy diet.

Is orthopedic surgery an effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

In special cases, Dr. Dalal performs surgery for peripheral neuropathy on an outpatient basis. It involves releasing specific nerves at the leg, foot, and toes as well as the wrists. The surgery is straightforward, and you recover relatively quickly.

Surgery does require a few weeks of no weight-bearing activity and limited walking until the staff removes your stitches. In the first weeks after the surgery, you may experience increased tingling and pain as your nerves react to their new decompression, but the pain should resolve with time.