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Peripheral neuropathy is a nervous system problem. Patients with peripheral neuropathy experience a lost of function of their sensory nerves (nerves that enable us to respond to sensations such as pain, touch, temperature, and vibration), as well as motor nerves, which work with the muscles to control movement.
Peripheral neuropathy commonly affects the feet, legs, and hands. Symptoms include:
- Numbness, burning, and tingling
- Loss of feeling
- Pain in the affected area
Peripheral neuropathy may be caused by metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, or inflammatory conditions. Treatment of the problem depends on the cause.
The MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington offers a range of options to patients requiring treatment for neuropathy, including physical therapy, surgery, and medications.