Diabetic Neuropathy Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

If you have diabetes, you need to watch out for several complications, not the least of which is diabetic neuropathy. In fact, worldwide, upwards of 50% of diabetics experience problems with neuropathy. To protect you from irreversible nerve damage, the pain experts at Michigan Pain Specialists have extensive experience managing diabetic neuropathy. If you’re in Ypsilanti or Adrian, Michigan, call the office or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

Diabetic Neuropathy Q & A

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Among people with diabetes, neuropathy remains at the top of the list of dangers caused by the disease. In its simplest definition, neuropathy is damage to your peripheral nerves — any nerves outside your central nervous system.

When you have diabetes, the levels of glucose, or sugar, in your bloodstream aren’t regulated properly, leading to a buildup that compromises your circulation. 

That, in turn, often leads to nerve damage, which can be irreversible if you don’t seek intervention at Michigan Pain Specialists.

The combination of diabetic neuropathy and reduced circulation increases your risk of developing diabetic ulcers, leading to infection, tissue death, and amputation.

What are the signs of diabetic neuropathy?

The most common signs of diabetic neuropathy include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Insensitivity to heat and cold
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Loss of reflexes and balance

Again, the importance of vigilant monitoring and early intervention can’t be stressed enough, so if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to make an appointment to see the expert team at Michigan Pain Specialists as soon as possible.

How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

The physicians at Michigan Pain Specialists offer thorough testing to evaluate your nerve function and locate any damage. They use electromyography and nerve conduction studies to assess your nerve function. 

Your physician also performs in-office neurological testing to check your balance, sensation, and grip strength. These tests show your doctor how neuropathy affects your body function and health.

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

When it comes to diabetic neuropathy, the goal at Michigan Pain Specialists is twofold: to bring you relief and to stop irreversible nerve damage. 

The team at Michigan Pain Specialists offers various treatments to relieve your pain and restore your health and quality of life. Depending on your needs, your physician might recommend:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Nerve ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulators

Your physician might combine treatments to reduce your pain and other symptoms while also helping you restore your balance and strength. They might recommend dietary changes, including vitamins and supplements, to support nerve health.

For expert management and oversight of your diabetes and to prevent diabetic neuropathy, call Michigan Pain Specialists or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.