Neuropathy is a broad term to describe pain or discomfort resulting from damage to nerves. While it’s not possible to totally reverse the damage, it is possible to treat the pain and other symptoms and prevent them from getting worse.
Early diagnosis is the key to preventing damage and treating symptoms effectively. Nerves have a very limited capacity to regenerate.
Neuropathy symptoms can include numbness, tingling, burning, prickling, pain, muscle weakness, and more. Nerves can become damaged in many ways.
Over-the-counter medications can help relieve the pain for many people suffering from neuropathy. Topical treatments like creams can also help. Doctors may also prescribe COX-2 inhibitors to relieve symptoms. Make sure to talk with your doctor before taking any medications on your own or using topical treatments.
Some antidepressant, antiseizure, and antiepileptic medications can also impact nerve pain. These drugs work by impacting pain pathways or the abnormal firing of nerves or nerve signals.
If you drink or smoke, it’s important to cut back or stop altogether. Tobacco and alcohol can make nerve pain worse and cause nerve damage.
Treatments and Procedures
Treatments with electrodes, shockwaves, lasers, and more can also help with neuropathy symptoms.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy where professionals place electrodes on the skin to deliver a gentle electric current. The goal is to disrupt the nerves from transmitting pain signals from the source of the pain to the brain.
Doctors can also inject an anesthetic directly into the nerves. These nerve blocks can prevent the nerves from signaling pain. The relief is temporary and can sometimes help doctors pinpoint the cause of the pain, leading to more effective treatment options.
Laser therapy is another form of treatment where wavelengths of near-infrared light help to increase cellular metabolic activity. The lasers help to relive inflammation of the nerve, increase blood flow, and reduce pain.
If the neuropathy is causing muscle weakness, splints or braces can help provide some stability and support. Keeping body parts in their proper positions can relieve pain.
Consider making ergonomic improvements to your workspace. Improper placement of a keyboard, mouse, or other items can cause pain in wrists and other places.
Chiropractic care and massage can also help relieve pain. Moderate exercise can help ease discomfort. Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation can help patients release tension that can sometimes make neuropathic pain worse.
The medical professionals at Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractic have years of experience helping patients relieve their neuropathy symptoms using a combination of treatments. We can help you feel better. Contact us for a consultation today.