Peripheral Neuropathy is a term used to describe conditions caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system, which is responsible for sending sensory information to and from the central nervous system. For example, the peripheral nerves can tell the body when the hands are cold.
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Peripheral Neuropathy affects more than 20 million people in the United States. In general, the condition can cause a loss of normal nerve signals, or cause inappropriate or distorted signals. Neuropathy can affect a range of different nerves, so it can impact a variety of locations in the body in different ways. It can affect a single nerve or several nerves at the same time.
Neuropathy is classified as three general types:
- Sensory neuropathy
- Motor neuropathy
- Autonomic neuropathy