Nerve Compression in Diabetic Patients
Patients with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes are at a higher risk of having painful nerve compression — a condition that can be reversed by the specialists of the Denver Health Peripheral Nerve Institute — including carpal tunnel (affecting the wrist) and cubital tunnel (affecting the elbow). Additionally, diabetic patients may suffer from pain in the knee, foot and ankle due to nerve compression in these areas.
Diagnosing Compression Neuropathy
Our team will perform a comprehensive exam to screen for areas of compression at the wrist, elbow, knee, lower leg and ankle, and foot. Additionally, Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) may be performed to examine the health of the nerve and surrounding muscle.
Treatment for Compression Neuropathy
Surgery can be performed to decompress nerves in diabetic patients. At the Peripheral Nerve Institute, our experienced orthopedic and plastic surgeons surgically release the nerve to improve blood flow and remove any resulting injury to the nerve. This procedure is done in an outpatient setting to get the patients back to their activities as quickly as possible.