Neuropathy Specialist

Martin Bertram, MD -  - Pain Medicine Physician

Martin Bertram, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Springfield, OH

Neuropathy is a broad term that’s used to describe damage to your peripheral nerves — and there are a whopping 46 miles of nerves in the average human. As a pain management and physical medicine specialist, Dr. Martin Bertram understands better than most how this intricate system works and how any “bump in the road” can lead to life-altering pain and discomfort. If you’re in the Springfield, Ohio, area, and you want relief from neuropathy, call upon the expertise of Dr. Bertram, or use the online tool to book an appointment.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a catchall that encompasses damage to your peripheral nerves, which reach every square inch of your body. Your peripheral nervous system acts as the main line of communication between your body and your brain, constantly sending messages back and forth for interpretation.

One of the primary objectives of your peripheral nervous system is to protect you from harm and to signal danger. When your nerve detects a problem, it sends a message to your brain which usually registers the problem as pain, forcing you to act before your body suffers permanent damage.

When you suffer nerve damage, the lines of communication between your brain and your body are interrupted, which can have a cascading effect throughout your body.

What are the types of peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy falls into two categories:

  • Mononeuropathy, which affects one nerve, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Polyneuropathy, which affects many nerves, such as fibromyalgia

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Any disease, injury, or condition that affects your nerves can result in peripheral neuropathy, but the most common causes are:

  • Trauma
  • Nerve compression
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune disorders

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy typically shows up in your extremities, namely your hands and feet. The most common signs of neuropathy are:

  • Pain, which can range from sharp to throbbing or burning
  • Radiating pain
  • Gradual numbness or tingling
  • Weakness in your limbs
  • Increased sensitivity to touch or temperatures

Because your nervous system is so vast, symptoms can present themselves in myriad ways, so be on the lookout for any sensations that just don’t feel right.

What is the treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to neuropathy, given the extent of your nervous system.

To start, Dr. Bertram performs a full evaluation of your current health and your medical history. He also turns to advanced nerve function testing to get a look at what’s going on inside your body. Blood tests often reveal valuable information, as well.

Once armed with this information, Dr. Bertram recommends a treatment plan that best suits your situation. Rest assured, he has numerous therapies and treatments at his fingertips that offer relief.

To put an end to your peripheral neuropathy, call Martin Bertram, MD, or book an appointment online.