Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system, which includes the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The most common symptom of peripheral neuropathy is pain, which can range from mild to severe. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness. Peripheral neuropathy is usually diagnosed based on a physical examination and a review of symptoms.
An electromyogram (EMG) or nerve conduction study may also be used to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for peripheral neuropathy typically focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy can be reversed with appropriate medical treatment.