Neuropathy Specialist

BCT Medical Associates

Pain and Perioperative Practice located in South Plainfield, NJ

Neuropathic pain can put a strain on everyday living. You might think it’s just a normal side effect of aging or diabetes, but Bao Chau Tran, MD, can help you find relief. At BCT Medical Associates, Dr. Tran specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic pain so you can feel like your usual self again. Make an appointment with Dr. Tran online or by phone at the South Plainfield, New Jersey, clinic.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is a type of shooting or burning pain caused by nerve damage. In most cases, the pain is intermittent and affects the hands and feet. Neuropathy is classified by the body system it affects:

  • Peripheral Neuropathy: This type of neuropathic pain affects the peripheral nervous system (the nerves outside the brain and spine). People with peripheral neuropathy typically report pain in the extremities
  • Cranial Neuropathy: Cranial neuropathy is damage to any one of the 12 cranial nerves that come out of the brain. Optic neuropathy and auditory neuropathy are two types of cranial neuropathy that affect the eye and ear, respectively
  • Autonomic Neuropathy: Damage to the involuntary nervous system is considered autonomic neuropathy. The involuntary nervous system includes the heart, blood circulation, digestion, and other processes the body performs automatically

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

Damage or disruption to the nervous system usually from:

  • Diabetes
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Metabolic issues
  • Toxic exposure
  • Autoimmune disease

Any problem that decreases blood flow, disrupts healthy blood sugar levels, or interrupts vitamin absorption can result in peripheral neuropathy.

Alcoholism and malnourishment can cause neuropathy due to their resultant vitamin deficiencies. Neuropathy is also a side effect of certain medications, particularly cancer drugs.

When Should I See A Doctor?

Any time you’ve been injured in an accident or suspect you have an infection, you should seek medical attention right away. You should also see Dr. Tran if your pain is new, worsens, or changes.

If the pain affects your daily life, you don’t need to just live with it. For the best results and to deter further damage, Dr. Tran recommends early intervention for neuropathy.

How Do You Treat Neuropathy?

Dr. Tran starts by treating any underlying conditions that contribute to your pain. For example, he may help you get your blood sugar levels under control if you have diabetes. He may recommend supplements or infusions if you have underlying vitamin deficiencies.

If there is no underlying condition and the pain persists, Dr. Tran can provide additional therapies and pain medication to help you find relief. Some patients respond well to electric nerve stimulation or injections. If compression or spinal tumors are causing your pain, Dr. Tran may suggest surgery and can help coordinate your surgery with trusted surgeons

If you need relief from neuropathic pain, make an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Tran to change that.

 

What we offer

Pain Management Services