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Neuropathy Specialist

J. Kimber Rotchford, M.D., M.P.H.

Addiction Medicine Physician located in Port Townsend, WA

Neuropathy is a condition that occurs when your peripheral nerves are damaged or don’t function correctly. J. Kimber Rotchford, MD, a pain management expert, diagnoses and treats neuropathy at his private practice in Port Townsend, Washington. If you’re concerned about symptoms like pain or tingling in your feet or hands, call Dr. Rotchford or request an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy occurs when your peripheral nerves — the nerves that extend out from your spine through your body — are damaged or don’t function as they should. The three kinds of peripheral nerves are:

  • Sensory nerves that carry messages provided by your five senses
  • Motor nerves that control your movements
  • Autonomic nerves that regulate things like breathing to temperature

The symptoms of neuropathy develop gradually and depend on the type of nerve affected. Some of the common signs of neuropathy include:

  • Numbness and tingling in your feet and/or hands
  • Burning or stabbing pain in your arms or legs
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Reduced coordination and balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Intolerance to heat or cold
  • Excessive sweating

Neuropathy can also affect more than one type or location of the nerve, which results in a variety of symptoms. 

What causes neuropathy?

Many factors contribute to neuropathy, including reduced blood supply, trauma, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies. For example, diabetes is the leading cause of neuropathy. The disease damages your blood vessels, which deprives your nerves and other tissue of oxygen and other nutrients.

Additionally, direct trauma or compression of a nerve can cause neuropathy. A herniated disc in your lower spine can trigger sciatica, a specific type of neuropathy. Additionally, issues like vitamin B12 deficiencies, inflammation-causing infections, hormonal imbalances, and hypothyroidism can contribute to your risk of neuropathy.

How is neuropathy treated?

Dr. Rotchford provides highly customized treatment plans for neuropathy. He begins with a comprehensive exam and testing to identify the root cause of your condition. 

Dr. Rotchford often takes a pragmatic approach to neuropathy. He prescribes therapies like medication, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, heat therapy, as well as medical treatments to address the underlying cause of your neuropathy. 

For example, he might recommend treatments to control diabetes or therapies like cold laser therapy. He also offers Neurogenx™ and other nerve stimulation treatments.

Dr. Rotchford is also a trained and certified medical acupuncture provider. He combines acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine therapies with conventional medicine for an integrated approach to your health care. His goal is to relieve your symptoms, address the underlying cause, and enhance your quality of life.

If you’re concerned about neuropathy or other types of pain, call Dr. Rotchford or request an appointment online today.