Whether it comes in the form of a stabbing pain that wakes you from your sleep or a persistent low-grade burning sensation that plagues you all day long, chronic nerve pain can be difficult to withstand. Fortunately, many of the conditions and injuries that lead to nerve pain can often be treated successfully. The expert team of physicians at CLI Integrative Medicine in Palm Harbor, Florida provide comprehensive treatment options for adults living with nerve pain. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Nerves transmit signals between your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) and the rest of your body.
These messages include motor signals that control muscle movement, autonomic signals that regulate bodily functions, and sensory signals that let you know how something feels.
Nerves are inherently delicate and can be easily damaged by anything that stretches them, places them under continuous pressure, or weakens their durability. Common causes of nerve-related pain include:
When a nerve is cut by an acute injury, your brain no longer receives signals from the part of the body where the nerve injury occurred. When a nerve is under continuous pressure, it sends around-the-clock pain signals that lead to chronic discomfort.
A pinched nerve is a nerve root that’s been constricted by surrounding tissues. Common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
Although a pinched nerve is often associated with chronic lower-back or neck pain, it’s possible to develop the problem in other areas of your body, including your wrist, elbow, and ankle.
Finding the right treatment approach for nerve pain depends on its underlying cause as well as the location and extent of the damage. A comprehensive physical exam can help reveal reflex problems, abnormal skin sensations, and nerve tenderness and trigger points, while diagnostic tests that measure electrical nerve impulses can help determine exactly where your nerve pain is coming from.
Effective care measures typically emphasize rest, which means avoiding any activities that aggravate or exacerbate your pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can help minimize pain, while physical therapy can be useful for relieving nerve pressure.
The doctors at CLI Integrative Medicine also offer innovative treatment solutions for nerve pain, including cold laser therapy. This advanced pain management approach uses specific wavelengths of light energy to stimulate healing, decrease inflammation, alleviate pain, and restore mobility.
To find out how the team at CLI Integrative Medicine can help you resolve long-standing nerve pain, call the office today or schedule an appointment online at any time.