Nerve pain is one of the most debilitating types of pain a patient can experience. The clinicians at First Team Medial Clinics develop customized, comprehensive treatment plans for patients with nerve pain in the Dayton, Ohio area. The goal of treatment is to alleviate pain and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Nerve pain, or neuralgia, is a sharp pain that follows the path of a nerve. Patients with nerve pain may also experience increased skin sensitivity along the nerve, as well as, weakness in the muscles served by the affected nerve.
Nerve pain frequently occurs when a nerve becomes damaged or irritated. In many cases, this condition occurs because a nearby bone, ligaments, or another structure is encroaching on the nerve. Nerve pain may also occur because of pressure from a bulging disc or damage from trauma.
The clinicians at FTMC can usually diagnose nerve pain based on the patient’s symptoms and a physical examination. When the practitioner suspects nerve pain, he/she may also order an imaging test to help identify the cause of the pain.
FTMC offers several treatment options for patients with nerve pain, including trigger point injections, corrective exercises, prescriptive medical foods, spinal manipulation, and other conservative treatment options. In most cases, the clinicians at FTMC will prescribe a combination of treatments designed to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Trigger point injections introduce special medications into areas where nerve pain is intense, which can alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Corrective exercises work by strengthening weak areas in the body and helping patients correct bad habits that may be exacerbating their condition.
In some cases, patients may experience nerve pain because of subluxation, or misaligned vertebrae. Spinal manipulation can resolve issues with subluxation, which can improve nerve pain.
The clinical team at FTMC customize nerve pain treatments based on the location of the patient’s pain, the patient’s specific symptoms, and other factors. Many patients report that their symptoms improve after only one treatment session, however, most patients will not achieve optimum results until they have attended multiple sessions.
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