Diagnosing Neuropathy and Radiculopathy Through Nerve Testing

Nerves control many important functions in your body. These include things you don’t have a lot of control over, like your blood pressure, heart rate, pain sensations, and temperature regulation. Nerves also manage bodily functions that you can control, like movement. 

When your nerves are working how they should, communication is good throughout your body. However, there are a number of nerve conditions that can cause you pain and disrupt your functioning. Nerve testing is a way to diagnose these problems so you can get the treatment you need to relieve your pain.

Neuropathy and radiculopathy are two types of neuromuscular disorders that can cause great discomfort and distress. At the Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona, experienced neurologist Dr. Habib Khan offers neurological diagnoses and the latest treatment options to address your symptoms and allow you to live a full and healthy life. 

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy means nerve dysfunction caused by injury or disease. There are different kinds of neuropathy that are typically described by where in the body they occur, or by what caused them. The types of neuropathy include peripheral, cranial, autonomic, and focal neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy can vary from person to person but typically include some of the following:

Figuring out the specific location and cause of your neuropathy allows for the best treatment options.

What is radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is a pinched nerve that occurs in your spine. The three main types of radiculopathy are identified by which specific nerves are affected. These are cervical (neck) radiculopathy, thoracic (upper back) radiculopathy, and lumbar (lower back) radiculopathy.

What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?

The symptoms that you experience depend on what type of radiculopathy you have. They may include:

Dr. Khan provides nerve testing to identify the specifics of nerve dysfunction to provide the best treatment. 

Nerve testing

A nerve conduction study identifies the location and extent of nerve damage to provide focused treatment that relieves your pain while slowing the progression of nerve damage. For this test, Dr. Khan places electrodes on the surface of your skin and sends a gentle electrical current through the electrodes, recording the response of the nerve to the stimulus. 

Based on the information he gathers from these tests, Dr. Khan develops a treatment plan to ease your discomfort and address any progression of nerve damage. This treatment plan may include pain medications, lifestyle modifications like nutrition and exercise, management of conditions affecting your nerves, and therapies. 

Neuropathy and radiculopathy can cause significant pain and make it difficult for you to do the things you need and want to do. Nerve testing is the best option for identifying the exact location and extent of nerve damage to provide the best treatment.

If you’re experiencing nerve pain, make an appointment at Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography by calling our office today.

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