Peripheral Neuralgia Pain and Treatment
Have you ever experienced acute, sharp, stabbing pain, a burning sensation, tingling sensation, or other closely related pain sensation? If so, you may be experiencing peripheral neuralgia (also known as peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, or idiopathic neuropathy), which impacts nerves in all parts of the body outside the brain and spinal column.
Neuralgia pain is a fairly common condition, and is often difficult to treat with traditional pain medications. Fortunately, the experienced doctors and pain management professionals at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can help.
Peripheral Nerve Damage
Peripheral neuralgia results from, you guessed it, damage or trauma to the peripheral nerves of the body. It can be a painful sensation in your leg, arm, shoulder, or other area, and is often difficult to diagnose and treat.
Typically peripheral neuralgia can be linked to some sort of injury or trauma to the nerves. This could be a slip and fall accident, a car accident, sports-related injury, or something else entirely. In some cases of peripheral nerve damage, the cause is unknown.
What are the different types of peripheral neuralgia?
Common areas where individuals report peripheral neuralgia are:
- face and neck
- legs and feet
- knees and ankles
- arms and hands
And more. Any nerves that are part of the peripheral nervous system can be the root cause of peripheral neuralgia.
What are the symptoms?
A few symptoms associated with peripheral neuralgia are:
- burning sensation in the legs
- numbness in the legs, feet, knees, ankles or hips
- itch sensation in the legs
- Exercise regularly. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to exercise effectively. It is important to walk on a routine basis, or develop another exercise routine, such as yoga or tai chi.
- Avoid alcohol. If you are experiencing pain due to peripheral neuralgia, limiting your alcoholic consumption may help to manage your pain effectively.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is never healthy, and can worsen your peripheral neuralgia symptoms.
How is peripheral neuralgia treated?
At The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we believe pain is most effectively managed and treated using a conservative approach. We focus on minimally-invasive treatments and procedures, and only prescribe pain medications or recommend surgery in conjunction with other treatment methods.
For peripheral neuralgia, we may recommend physical therapy, electrical stimulation therapy, intravenous therapies, antidepressants and other closely related therapies that can be integrated together to achieve the desired result.
What can I do to manage my lifestyle better?
Improving your lifestyle and overall health and wellness is essential to effectively managing your peripheral nerve pain. Here are a few recommendations from the doctors at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia:
Basically, take care of yourself. Eating right, exercising, and avoiding unhealthy habits can help alleviate the pain you are experiencing due to peripheral neuralgia.
Should I seek treatment?
Our pain management professionals at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can put you on a path to a future with less pain. Our mission is to take patients from a feeling of hopelessness to a feeling of hopefulness!
If you are suffering from pain associated with nerve damage, we encourage you to contact us today. Visit our locations page to find The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia location nearest you.