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Some injuries and conditions are pretty straightforward and relatively routine to fix and treat. Fractures, sprains and strains, even muscle or ligament tears. Nerves, on the other hand…they’re tricky. Why? Because nerve pain can stem from a variety of reasons, and it can present itself in many different–but painful–ways to different people. Fortunately, physical therapy can effectively treat nerve injuries and pain, and that’s what we do here at our Irving location.

All About Nerve Pain

First off, there are quite a few different types of nerve pain (also known as neuropathy, neuralgia, and neuropathic pain). Some of these types include:

The causes of nerve pain can vary but often it’s brought on by medical conditions (diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and thyroid are common), diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), injury, infection, limb loss, vitamin B deficiencies, and spinal injuries. Nerve pain tends to be chronic, leaving millions of people in quite a bit of pain for many years without proper treatment.

Nerve pain also varies from person to person and depending upon the nerve damage or injury. Those with nerve injuries may experience sudden and sharp pain, shooting and stabbing pain, and burning sensations, along with being very touch-sensitive.

What to Do If You Experience Nerve Pain

If you’re experiencing peripheral nerve injury pain or symptoms such as weakness, numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling in a limb, seek medical attention right away. Other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

These are all potentially serious symptoms of nerve injury, and it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor will most likely want to run tests to determine the cause in order to treat the condition.

Treating Nerve Injuries

Fortunately, many treatments exist for nerve injuries and pain. Over-the-counter pain medication, prescription medications and creams, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and nerve blocks (often through local anesthetics, steroids, or pain medication injections) are generally effective medical treatments.

Lifestyle changes can also help those with nerve damage avoid further pain. For diabetics, more exercise, a healthy diet, and close monitoring of blood sugar levels can ease or completely eliminate nerve pain. Those who sit at a desk for work all day can reduce nerve pain by changing their work setup, standing more, and stretching.

Physical and massage therapy have also proven quite effective when it comes to relieving symptoms of neuropathic pain.

Physical Therapy for Nerve Injuries

Left untreated, neuropathic pain can be a lifelong struggle that can ultimately lead to disability, as well as complications such as depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. That’s why physical therapy is so important when it comes to nerve injuries and pain. When you come to see us at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, you’ll have a thorough discussion with an experienced physical therapist who will work closely with you to create the right treatment plan based on your pain level, physical condition, and goals.

Some common PT treatments include:

We’re ready to help you at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, Texas. Call us today at (214) 225-0291 to set up your first appointment and get started on your road to recovery.

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