What is Neuralgia?
Neuralgia is nerve pain that may be caused by a number of things, including nerve damage, nerve compression, infection, or other diseases. It occurs when there is damage or irritation to a nerve, causing very sharp and intense pain that follows the nerve’s path. While it is most commonly found in older adults, neuralgia can affect people of all ages. Some common types of neuralgia include trigeminal neuralgia, shingle pain, occipital neuralgia (which results from a pinched nerve root in the neck), pelvic nerve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and diabetic neuropathy. There are a variety of treatments available for neuralgia, but physical therapy is one route that can greatly improve and heal pain caused by nerve compression.
The Causes of Neuralgia
While some sources of certain types of nerve pain are not completely understood, there are several common causes that have been known to attribute to neuralgia.
- Infection is something that can significantly affect your nerves, especially in older adults. An infection in a specific area of the body may also affect nearby nerves.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by the deterioration of myelin, the insulating sheath covering nerve fibers. Trigeminal neuralgia can occur in someone with MS.
- Compression of the nerves caused by a bone, ligament, blood vessel, or tumor is a possible cause of neuralgia.
- People with diabetes may experience problems with their nerves, most commonly in the hands, feet, legs, and arms.
- Less common causes may include chronic kidney disease, medications prescribed for cancer, trauma from surgery, or chemical irritation.
Using Physical Therapy to Help Treat Nerve Compression
Treating neuralgia is not a simple task and treatment always depends on the cause, location, and severity of any pain you may be experiencing. At New Heights Physical Therapy, we understand how complex neuralgia can be and believe that along with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from your primary physician, physical therapy can work wonders in helping ease the pain of nerve compression. When you visit the professionals at New Heights, you can rest assured we are committed to helping you find the best methods to effectively help your condition. To begin building your course of treatment, it is necessary to have a physical evaluation and to work with one of our licensed experts to determine the best regimen for managing and healing neuralgia. As with many of the conditions we treat, physical therapy exercises may include stretching, muscle strengthening exercises, posture exercises, high or low impact weight bearing exercises, and more.
At New Heights Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to determining the best course of action in treating the individual needs of our patients. When it comes to treating neuralgia, you can trust that we fully understand the daily challenges associated with this condition and are committed to helping in any way we can. Call us today to set up an appointment—we are confident that with our supportive and knowledgeable staff, we can help you take the first steps toward bettering your neuralgia-related pain.
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