Peripheral neuropathy

Damage to the peripheral nervous system

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves in your hands, feet and arms are damaged

What is peripheral neuropathy?

The peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves in your body. It controls your hands, feet and arms. Sometimes, these nerves can be damaged, leading to pain, weakness and numbness. This condition is known as peripheral nephropathy. It affects 1 in 10 people over the age of 55. If you're experiencing it, we can help.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? icon plus

    Peripheral neuropathy can be felt in the hands, feet and/or arms. Its common symptoms can include:

    • a burning sensation
    • stabbing or shooting pain
    • losing balance or a lack or coordination
    • muscles weakness, especially in your feet
  • Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. If they suspect you have peripheral neuropathy, they may recommend certain tests. These might include:

    They may also carry out blood tests and take a nerve biopsy (sample) for further analysis.

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will explain your treatment options to you. This might involve treating the underlying cause. If, for example, your peripheral neuropathy has been brought on by a vitamin deficiency, your consultant may recommend injections or medicine. In other cases, they may seek to treat your symptoms, by prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers.

Our peripheral neuropathy consultants

We're proud to work with leading nerve specialists, who have experience with managing and treating peripheral neuropathy, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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From complex nerve surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional nerve care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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