Neuritis, also known as peripheral neuropathy, is a general term that refers to the inflammation of a nerve or group of nerves (most often in the feet, hands and legs).
It is a complex degenerative condition that creates sharp pain, muscle cramps and weakness, numbness and tingling, poor balance, freezing or burning hot feet and legs, or difficulty sleeping.
Some people inherit the condition. Others develop it as the result of injury or another disorder. In some cases, a kidney condition or hormone imbalance may lead to peripheral neuropathy. The most common form of the condition in the U.S. is diabetic neuropathy.
There are many other forms of peripheral neuropathy, each with its own set of symptoms and each affecting different parts of the body:
- Alcoholic Neuropathy is a form of peripheral neuropathy caused by alcohol abuse that causes burning and tingling sensations in the feet.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a localized peripheral neuropathy that affects the hands.
- Bell’s Palsy is a form of peripheral neuropathy that affects the facial nerve and causes paralysis on one side of the face.
Lancaster Orthopedic Group has extensive experience in the treatment of the different types of peripheral neuropathy. Your physician will perform comprehensive testing to find the underlying cause of the neuropathy and determine the best course of treatment.
Treatment of neuritis focuses on identifying and resolving the underlying cause of the nerve dysfunction. Pain medications can be helpful, as can orthotics to help you walk better. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to destroy nerves or repair injuries that are causing neuropathic pain and symptoms.