Neuropathy refers to any condition that affects the peripheral nervous system, interfering with normal nerve function. Neuralgia is pain caused by damaged nerves. While neuropathy can affect sensation and motor skills related to nerve function, neuropathy neuralgia specifically refers to pain caused by damaged nerves. There are different types of neuralgia that can cause chronic pain. Our team at Medici Spine & Pain can diagnose and treat neuropathy neuralgia at our clinics near Atlanta.
Neuralgia can be caused by anything that damages the sensory nerves and creates nerve pain. There are different types of neuralgia that affect different nerves and regions in the body. The pain of neuralgia is usually felt as a burning or stabbing sensation. Neuropathy neuralgia is not a disease, but it is a condition caused by other factors that damage the nerves, including:
- Infection i.e. postherpetic neuralgia is caused by shingles, a viral infection
- Pressure caused by tissue, bone or swollen blood vessels
- Multiple sclerosis
In some cases, the cause of neuralgia may not be known. The pain can be excruciating and impact your quality of life, requiring pain management treatment.
Pain Management for Neuralgia
At Medici Spine & Pain, we always prefer to find the cause of chronic pain and treat the condition instead of the pain symptom. For neuropathy neuralgia patients, we perform extensive diagnostic testing to determine what is causing pressure or damage to the nerves. If the condition can be treated, we focus our treatment plan around eliminating the cause of nerve irritation. If the cause is unknown or the nerve damage is permanent, we offer pain management treatments to help minimize the pain. Treatments may include physical therapy, nerve blocks, medication management and other therapies.
If you have painful neuralgia, come see us at Medici Spine & Pain. We will help find the best treatment to stop or control your chronic nerve pain.