This is one of the questions we get quite often not only from patients but also from physicians and physical therapists who are new at treating patients with chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy. One of the basic concepts true for many patients with the most common types of neuropathy and chronic pain is that laboratory and diagnostic tests are often completely normal. Sometimes, there are only very slight abnormalities which are misinterpreted or remain a point of confusion for both the doctor and the patient. Tests like EMGs and nerve conduction studies, and sometimes even these show little to no abnormality. All of this makes accurately evaluating effective neuropathy treatment a real specialty. Furthermore your care team must have excellent record keeping systems so he or she can retrieve your information on a moments notice. So much needs to be reported, like your range of motion, sensation to touch, temperature, and vibration. Also your ability to walk on your heels and toes, muscle and range of motion testing plus so much more.
All of these things can tell us so much about your progress but in the end...The real measure of your treatment progress often times comes down to the examination and skills of your treating doctor.
You see, there is no one size fits all approach that works well. The more difficult your case the more this is true. Our best trained physicians and physical therapists have multiple tools and approaches to draw from, and fellow physicians to consult when necessary.
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