Neuropathy pain is a condition that occurs when your nervous system is damaged or not working properly. With neuropathy pain, you can feel pain on a variety of levels of the nervous system from the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain. Neuropathic pain can be caused by several different diseases and conditions like diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome, and more.
There’s no question neuropathic pain can negatively interfere with your quality of life. But, if you’re struggling with neuropathy pain, help is available to better manage your pain symptoms. Below are several treatment options available to help better manage your neuropathy pain.
- Physical therapy
Physical therapy can be a highly effective nonsurgical way to better manage neuropathy pain. From various stretching and strengthening exercises to range-of-motion exercises, physical therapy can help strengthen muscle function while also helping to reduce pain.
There are a variety of medications that can help better manage your neuropathy pain. This includes over-the-counter pain medications and prescription pain medications. While medications temporarily manage your pain symptoms, many pain sufferers benefit from a combination of medications and other treatments to provide relief while working to treat their pain symptoms over the long run.
- Injections or Nerve Blockers
A pain specialist can also administer injections or nerve blockers to effectively manage your neuropathy pain symptoms. Although temporary, nerve blockers can be another effective way to relieve your pain and combine with other treatments as you search for more long-term solutions to manage your pain
- Radiation or Surgery to treat the underlying condition
Depending on the cause behind your neuropathy pain, undergoing radiation or surgery can be a great long-term solution to treat the underlying disease causing your pain in the first plan. If you have a tumor pressing on a nerve and causing your neuropathy pain, undergoing radiation therapy or surgery can help shrink or remove the tumor and provide you pain relief.
- Lifestyle Changes
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as eating a balanced diet, consistently exercising, and more is not only good to practice for your overall health and well-being, but it can also help manage certain underlying conditions, like diabetes, that may be the cause behind your neuropathy pain.
- Alternative Therapies
Various alternative medicines and therapies may also help manage your neuropathy pain symptoms. Alternative therapies can be a great natural way to reduce your pain symptoms, and they can be combined with medications and or nerve blockers to maximize your pain reduction results.
Some common examples of alternative therapies include meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and more. These treatments can be effective at not only reducing your pain symptoms but overall reducing your stress levels which oftentimes can exacerbate your pain symptoms more.
Last but not least, surgical intervention may be recommended if the above non-surgical treatments fail to effectively manage your neuropathy pain symptoms. Depending on the underlying condition behind the neuropathy pain will influence the type of surgery that may be performed. Nerve surgery for neuropathy pain is one example of a surgical intervention that may be recommended by your doctor as a potential long-term solution if non-surgical treatments have proved ineffective in the past at reducing your pain.
Managing neuropathy pain can be a complex and challenging process, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, our interventional pain management specialists are here to guide you through every step of your pain management journey.
We understand the unique difficulties that neuropathy pain can present, and we’re committed to providing personalized treatments designed to target your specific needs. Our team uses the latest techniques and technologies in interventional pain management to help reduce your pain, improve your function, and enhance your quality of life.
Remember, neuropathy pain doesn’t have to define your life. With the right support and treatment, you can manage your symptoms and continue to live a fulfilling life. Reach out to us at Pain and Spine Specialists today to schedule an appointment. Let us join you on your journey towards a more comfortable and pain-free life.