Nerve damage comes in many forms but, despite being common, can be difficult to treat with pain medication. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer a range of effective and minimally invasive procedures that can give men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA significant and lasting pain relief.
What is Nerve Damage?
Nerve damage refers to compression or trauma to nerves, especially sensory nerves, that results in chronic nerve pain. Peripheral neuropathy is the result of this damage and it can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and even difficulty controlling affected areas. While nerve damage most often occurs in the hands and feet, it can affect any area of the body. Nerve pain is often described as a tingling, burning, or stabbing sensation.
What Causes Nerve Damage?
Nerve damage can be caused by many things, ranging from infection and disease to traumatic injuries. A common cause of nerve damage is diabetes, which can damage nerves when high blood sugar is not well controlled and lead to diabetes pain or diabetic neuropathy. While diabetes is the leading cause of nerve damage, other major causes include:
- Inherited anatomical defects
- Autoimmune diseases like celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis, which attack parts of the body like the nerves
- Lyme disease, which can cause peripheral neuropathy due to an inflammatory reaction
- Inherited disorders which can cause autonomic neuropathy, or damage to nerves that control involuntary functions
- Sudden trauma
- Toxin exposure
- Repetitive movements
How is Nerve Damage Treated in Brunswick, GA?
Nerve damage can be debilitating but the good news is it usually develops slowly. Early treatment is important to stop and potentially reverse damage. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we will work to determine the underlying cause of the nerve pain to develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment for nerve damage will depend on the types of nerves affected and their location. Treatments we may recommend include:
- Sympathetic Nerve Block
- This procedure is an injectable nerve block that temporarily stops sympathetic nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.
- Stem Cell Therapy
- A stem cell procedure helps regenerate soft tissue using your own adult stem cells. This treatment is most often used to treat peripheral nerve injury as stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell and may help with peripheral nerve regeneration.
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- This procedure, sometimes called rhizotomy, uses radiofrequency energy through a small injection to ablate or burn nerves that are responsible for pain. Burned nerves eventually regrow but the procedure can stop pain signals for up to several years.
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- This minimally invasive surgical procedure places a PNS device that sends fast electrical impulses that help train the brain to ignore and turn off pain signals.
- Injections and Blocks
- We offer a variety of nerve blocks and injections that are designed to stop specific nerves from temporarily transmitting pain signals to the brain with a combination of medications like local anesthetic and steroids.
If you are dealing with neuropathy from some type of nerve damage, we can help you find lasting pain relief. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia specializes in minimally invasive pain treatments that go beyond narcotics and invasive surgery to deliver the best possible outcome. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Brunswick or Kingsland, GA to learn more about nerve damage treatments.