Nerve pain can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating. There are many causes and types of nerve pain, but Integrated Pain Consultants offers a wide variety of treatments to help. According to a recent study, about 7 percent of the population has some type of chronic nerve pain. Nerve pain is defined as any discomfort that causes irritation or damage to the nervous system. Today, one of the most common causes of nerve pain is diabetes, and this type of nerve pain usually occurs in the feet. Left untreated, that nerve pain can make its way up to the back.
There’s no single nerve pain treatment that works best for everyone. That’s why it’s important to work with a nerve pain specialist who has the expertise and tools to find the right treatment for you. For those who have nerve pain from type 2 diabetes, it’s important to take a holistic approach that simultaneously treats the diabetes and the nerve pain. This usually involves a lifestyle change as well as clinical treatment.
The exact treatment for nerve pain will depend on your type of nerve pain. For example, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a type of chronic pain that usually occurs after an injury. It affects the peripheral nervous system and comes in two types. Potential nerve pain treatments for CRPS include joint injections, ketamine infusions, sympathetic nerve blocks, or medication management. Peripheral neuropathy happens when the nerves sending messages between the brain and spinal cord are damaged. Treatments for this type of nerve pain can include radiofrequency ablation, epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation, or a sympathetic block.
Postherpetic neuralgia results in nerve pain from damage by the varicella virus. It most often happens after an outbreak of herpes zoster (shingles). Nerve pain treatment for this condition can include those listed above as well as joint injections or medication management. No matter what type of nerve pain you have or the cause, relief is available. Get in touch with Integrated Pain Consultants at (480) 626-2552 to learn more about nerve pain and its possible treatments.