Neuropathy Specialist

Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapists located in Sheepshead Bay/Avenue Z, Brooklyn, NY

Your nerves are your body’s communication system, sending signals as electrical impulses throughout your body to and from your brain to create specific reactions. If a nerve is damaged, known as neuropathy, you may experience a disruption in these signals, which can lead to various symptoms such as pain, numbness, or loss of function. Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy, with four facilities located in Brooklyn, New York, provides therapy for neuropathy and other nerve disorders such as sciatica to improve function and reduce symptoms. Call the Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Ditmas Park, or Bensonhurst office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is a medical condition that affects the normal functioning of your peripheral nerves. It’s a common condition that affects as many as 30% of Americans.

Your body is made up of three types of nerves:

Sensory nerves

Your sensory nerves relay messages your body receives from the outside world to your brain for processing and provide information related to touch, sight, smell, taste, and noise.

Motor nerves

Your motor nerves relay messages from your brain to your body and tell your muscles to move.

Autonomic nerves

The autonomic nerves assist in the control of body systems you don’t think about, such as digestion, breathing, and blood pressure.

Neuropathy can affect any one of these types of nerves.

What are symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type of nerve affected. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain, numbness, or tingling
  • Loss of sensation
  • Inability to coordinate or control muscle function
  • Muscle twitching or cramping
  • Muscle spasms
  • Problems with digestion
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Abnormal heart rate or blood pressure

These symptoms may develop quickly or slowly over time.

How can physical or occupational therapy help my neuropathy?

The goal of physical and occupational therapy for the treatment of neuropathy is to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. The therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy create personalized treatment plans based on your symptoms and personal goals.

During physical therapy, your therapist works one-on-one with you to improve strength, balance, and coordination. If your nerve damage has lead to function loss, your occupational therapist teaches you how to compensate for that loss so you can maintain your independence.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of peripheral nerve disorder that causes pain and other symptoms to radiate along your sciatic nerve, which is a pencil-thick nerve that runs from your low back through your buttocks and down your leg on both sides of your body. You may develop sciatica if your nerve becomes pinched by a herniated disc or bone spur from your vertebrae.

How can therapy help my sciatica?

The physical therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy provide treatment to help reduce your symptoms and improve function. Treatment may include:

  • Exercise program
  • Manual therapy
  • Graston Technique®

In addition to relieving your immediate symptoms, your therapist also provides exercises to improve posture and strengthen your muscles to prevent a recurrence of sciatica.

To get treatment for neuropathy, call Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.