Neuralgia and Chiropractic Care
Neuralgia is a general term for nerve pain. Nerve pain can be caused by many things, from autoimmune disorders that attack the nerve fibers themselves to compression that pinches a nerve and inhibits normal function. Regardless of the cause, there are few treatment options for neuralgia. Some use medications, but those often have serious and unpleasant side effects. And even if those medications don’t have enormous side effects, any given medication for neuralgia is only effective in a portion of the patients who take them. This means you may need to try multiple medications before you find one that will work for you and relieve your pain, and it will be even more of a struggle to find one without negative side effects, such as difficulty thinking and weight gain.
Signs You Might Have Neuralgia
· Intermittent burning pain that is sharp and stabbing
· Constant background pain in a particular area that is burning and sharp
· Numbness and tingling in the surrounding area or limb
· Weakness in the region or limb
· Changes in color in the region or limb
Pain with neuralgia is different than other forms of pain and is best described as that awful pain one has when the humerus (the funny bone) hits just right on a solid surface or how a limb feels after it has been asleep for too long. The pain is almost electrical in sensation, and that makes sense considering nerves send signals to the brain using minute electrical signals that travel from the site of injury along the nerve highway.
Neuralgia-associated pain can be intermittent or constant and is often times both, with a low grade of background pain mixed in with flares of severe pain. Some forms are so severe that they can be debilitating and result in significant emotional and physical distress. Others are mild and tolerable, rearing up from time to time but not impairing the individual overall. Regardless of the intensity or frequency, pain is a stressful thing to endure long-term and should be addressed promptly.
How Chiropractic Can Help Neuralgia
How can your Rochester Hills chiropractors, Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan, help restore you to health and well-being if you have neuralgia?
Neuralgias are a result of some kind of injury, illness, or compression of a nerve. Chiropractors learn early on that even small deviations from ideal alignment in the spine can cause significant pain and consequences in one’s health. They understand that by correcting these misalignments and easing the body back into a healthy shape, they can also help people regain their health. Even better, by providing treatment to the root cause, they are able to truly correct the disorder rather than masking it with medications. To get your evaluation and get back on the road to well-being, contact Vitality Precision Chiropractic today.