Nerve pain, or neuralgia, is a sharp pain that follows the path of a nerve. Patients with nerve pain may also experience increased skin sensitivity along the nerve, as well as weakness in the muscles served by the affected nerve.
Nerve pain usually occurs when a nerve becomes damaged or irritated. In many cases, this condition occurs because a nearby bone, ligaments, or another structure is putting pressure on the nerve. Nerve pain may also occur because of pressure from a herniated disc or damage from trauma.
The doctors at Innovative Medical Center can usually diagnose nerve pain based on the patient’s symptoms and a physical examination. When the doctor suspects nerve pain, he/she may also order an imaging test to identify the cause of the pain.
Innovative Medical Center offers several treatment options for patients with nerve pain, including trigger point injection, corrective exercises, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, and more. In most cases, the doctors at Innovative Medical Center will prescribe a combination of treatments designed to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Trigger point injections introduce special medications into areas where nerve pain is intense, which can alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Corrective exercises work by strengthening weak areas in the body and helping patients correct bad habits that may be exacerbating their condition. Massage therapy can improve nerve pain by relaxing tense muscles that may be contributing to nerve irritation or compression. Massage also encourages blood flow to the area, which promotes healing of damaged tissues.
In some cases, patients may experience nerve pain because of subluxation, or misaligned vertebrae. Spinal manipulation can resolve issues with subluxation, which can improve nerve pain.
The doctors at Innovative Medical Center customize nerve pain treatments based on the location of the patient’s pain, the patient’s specific symptoms, and other factors. Many patients report that their symptoms improve after only 1 treatment session. However, most patients won’t achieve optimum results until they have attended multiple sessions.
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