Neuropathy Specialist

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine located in West Des Moines, IA
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Neuropathy services offered in West Des Moines, IA

Neuropathy may have several different causes. Physical medicine and rehabilitation provider Michael D. Jackson, MD, FAAPMR, of Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC, located in West Des Moines, Iowa, specializes in neurology, interventional orthopedics, and sports medicine. Dr. Jackson applies a holistic and interventional approach to neuropathy treatment, providing all his patients with expert care. To schedule your appointment, call the office or click the online booking feature today.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?


Neuropathy refers to a group of disorders stemming from peripheral nervous system damage. This system relays information from the central nervous system to the remainder of the body.


When your peripheral nerves sustain damage or are destroyed, it can cause some severe symptoms. Neuropathy may be sporadic and often grows slowly over a period of years.


The warning signs for neuropathy include:


  • Pins and needles
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Burning radiating pain in the hands and feet
  • Pain from light touch
  • Pain from walking


If these symptoms are accompanied by numbness in the feet and toes along with foot wounds, sores, and ulcerations, you may have diabetic neuropathy.

What is diabetic neuropathy?


Diabetic neuropathy accounts for half of all neuropathies. People who have diabetic neuropathy frequently have damaged nerves in their legs and feet.


Symptoms include:


  • Numbness in feet and toes
  • Wounds, sores, and ulcerations
  • Digestive system issues
  • Urinary issues
  • Heart problems


If you have numbness in your feet and toes, you may suffer from foot wounds and not even realize it. This may lead to sores and ulcerations if you’re not vigilant about foot care. 


Symptoms can range from relatively mild to extremely serious or even fatal.

Why does neuropathy happen?


In many cases, neuropathy is part of another disease or condition, just as it is with diabetic neuropathy. Autoimmune diseases and hereditary disorders may both cause neuropathy. Certain medications used to treat illnesses may also cause neuropathy to develop. There are also cases in which neuropathy can't be immediately determined.

How is neuropathy treated?


Dr. Jackson begins with a holistic and interventional approach to treating neuropathy that often starts with symptom relief. Regular exercise, such as walking three times a week or physical therapy, can reduce your neuropathy pain.


Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC, also offers ultrasound-guided injections, autologous orthobiologics like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), and other holistic remedies for neuropathy pain.


Certain medications, especially those normally used as seizure medications, may relieve nerve pain. Topical creams and solutions, especially those containing Capsaicin, may also help. Antidepressants may also be helpful in the management of neuropathy pain. Dr. Jackson may also recommend pain relievers.


If you’re suffering from neuropathy, call the office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson or request one online today.

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