Nerve pain, in general, refers to conditions affecting different parts of the body including arms, legs, and face. It may occur as sciatica, pins and needles, numbness, pain, and sometimes, weakness. Nerves are so fragile that they can be easily irritated by pressure, stretching, and injury.
The main part of the nervous system, which is the spinal cord, conveys signals from the brain to the nerves throughout the body. Nerves all over the body enter and exit the spinal cord along its entire length.
The nerves are essential to everything you do. It is important to address nerve pain, especially in the early stages because the discomfort it brings can seriously affect your quality of life.
What is Nerve Pain?
Nerve pain is also known as neuropathic pain or neuralgia. It is a particular type of pain that involves problems with signals from the nerves. It often feels like shooting, stabbing, or burning pain. In some cases, it can be as sharp and sudden as an electric shock. It is more likely to be worse at night. The symptoms can range from mild to severe.
What Causes Nerve Pain?
There are a lot of reasons why you may have nerve pain. On a cellular level, nerve pain is caused by damaged nerves that send false signals. The signals may not function to register pain. It will lead to painful sensation even without external causes. Or in some cases, you may not have a pain response even if you have an injury. A damaged nerve can also become quiet and send no information, which causes numbness.
Nerve problems, trauma, heavy alcohol use, and conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and vitamin B12 deficiency can be factors that cause nerve pain. Basically, anything that leads to loss of function within the sensory nervous system can cause nerve pain.
Other factors associated with nerve pain are structural pathology such as disc prolapse and stenosis, and postural and muscle control that may provoke the nerves.
How Physiotherapy Helps with Nerve Pain
Physiotherapy identifies the reason why you have nerve pain and manages the problem based on these findings.
Depending on the nature of your problem, a physiotherapist may apply different treatment techniques to help relieve nerve pressure including:
- Joint mobilisation
- Myofascial release or dry needling
- Heat therapy
- Passive stretching
- Neural mobilisation
A physiotherapist may also recommend specific exercises to help you manage and fix your pain by increasing muscle strength, endurance, joint stability, and flexibility in the muscles and joints. Exercising on a regular basis will help you maintain your ability to move and function physically, rather than being limited by pain.
Whilst physiotherapy works on the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness using different techniques, it also works to help your body heal itself using techniques that promote the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. These approaches are what make physiotherapy extremely effective in nerve pain treatment.
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