Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for patients with neuropathy. It’s important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible when any of the above symptoms are present; this action may help to control symptoms and prevent additional damage to the nerves.
Physiatrists are specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). This type of doctor helps patients with chronic disease, pain, and disability. The purpose of treatment with a PM&R doctor is to relieve pain, increase functioning, and prevent further injury.
At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our Medical Director (a Physiatrist) acts as the head of a team of specialists that includes physical therapists. Basically, this medical doctor designs and implements pain management and rehabilitation programs for neuropathic patients.
For example, a physical therapy program may be used in cases of neuropathy that involve muscle pain and weakness. Working in conjunction with our Physiatrist, a physical therapist may implement an exercise program designed to help patients maintain mobility and strength.
Some patients with neuropathy require the use of assistive devices such as a walker or wheelchair. Physiatrists can help these patients learn to use these devices, and provide support for the accompanying emotional challenges of dealing with pain, lifestyle changes, and treatment. A Physiatrist may also prescribe medications to reduce the pain associated with neuropathy.