Peripheral neuropathy is described as damage to the nerves located outside the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Symptoms include weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition that often affects the arms, hands, legs, and feet. Symptoms of abnormal skin color, temperature, and texture may be present as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 20 million Americans suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy, and an astounding 13.8 million of them (68%) are diabetics .
Also known as CIPN, Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of drugs and chemotherapy that were used to treat cancer, damaging the peripheral nerves in the process. Symptoms may include: tingling, numbness, vertigo, limited extremity usage, muscle weakness, sensitivity to cold and heat, blood pressure changes, and irregular urination patterns.
Phantom Limb Syndrome occurs when a person has a limb amputated. Both painful and non-painful sensations may still be felt in the area where the limb was. Studies have found that 5 to 10 percent of people with amputated limbs will experience Phantom Limb Syndrome at one point following the amputation.
Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) is a condition in which pain arises following the healing of an outbreak of rashes or blisters from complication with the Varicella Zoster Virus. Patients may experience a sharp, burning, throbbing, and stabbing pain that will normally last longer than three months. Postherpetic Neuralgia can be treated to ease pain and improve symptoms.
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) refers to a condition that patients suffer following spinal surgery for back or leg pain. This condition arises, just as the name suggests, when surgery fails and the patient still suffers from the original pain.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that extends from the neck to the chest, shoulder, arms, and hands on both sides of the body. Pain arises when a nerve injury affects the network of nerves causing pain, discomfort, and loss of function.
Postsurgical Neuropathic Pain is defined as nerve pain after surgery, which develops from inflammation of the nerves and causes the patient to experience numbness, weakness, and sharp, unsettling pain in the area where surgery occurred.