Peripheral Neuropathy Center
Numbness, loss of feeling in arms, legs, fingers and/or toes is also know as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy describes the disorders/damages to, the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system consists of all the motor and sensory nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body (i.e., the nerves outside the central nervous system).
Symptoms and physical findings associated with peripheral neuropathies very from person to person, and often can be extremely complex.
The U-M Peripheral Neuropathy Center is a designated center of the Neuropathy Association.
The center also supports a Peripheral Neuropathy Clinic, which incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to neuropathy. Patients are evaluated initially by neurologists (neuromuscular specialists) who are specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the peripheral nerves and muscles. The Peripheral Neuropathy Center includes an endocrine specialist, physiatrist and neuropathologist with particular interest and training in peripheral nerve disorders who assist in evaluation and treatment if indicated.
In addition, the center sponsors a patient support group, which is held every other month and features an educational lecture and an opportunity for patients to share their experiences.
The center supports and is actively involved in a number of research trials aimed at therapeutic and symptomatic treatment of neuropathy.
Physician referrals are required. Please visit our Referring Physicians webpage or visit the Peripheral Nerve Disorders and Neuropathy webpage on the UofMHealth.org website.