Nerve pain is a chronic condition that’s often the result of injury or disease. At From Pain To Wellness LLC, James Gruft, MD, FAAPMR, DABPM, Stacie Wharton, PA, and the team use various treatments, including physical therapy and comprehensive medication management, to safely relieve nerve pain. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online.
Nerve pain refers to shooting, burning, or shock-like sensations that affect the limbs, back, neck, or head. It occurs when nerves in the body mistakenly send pain signals to your brain.
Nerve pain affects everyone differently. For some people, it comes and goes; for others, it’s constant, resulting in other uncomfortable side effects like numbness or a loss of sensation.
When left untreated, nerve pain gets progressively worse. Fortunately, a variety of noninvasive treatments can provide significant relief.
Common causes of nerve pain include:
Chronic alcohol use
Vitamin D deficiency
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The symptoms of nerve pain vary depending on the underlying cause. Telltale signs include a “pins and needles” feeling, spontaneous pain that occurs suddenly, and burning or stabbing pain.
As the condition progresses, you might also experience difficulty sleeping, mood changes, or a general feeling of malaise.
To diagnose nerve pain, the team at From Pain To Wellness LLC reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. During the physical, they test your reflexes, assess the strength of your muscles, and see how sensitive the affected area is to touch.
If these steps don’t provide enough information to determine the source of your pain, the team might recommend additional diagnostic measures, including blood tests, a computed tomography (CT) scan, or an MRI. You might also benefit from a nerve conduction study, a test that measures your nerves’ ability to carry electrical signals.
Treatment of nerve pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Usually, the team at From Pain To Wellness LLC recommends a combination of physical therapy, integrative treatments, healthy lifestyle changes, and comprehensive medication management.
Depending on your age and medical history, the team might recommend:
Topical pain relievers
To further explore treatment for nerve pain, make an appointment at From Pain To Wellness LLC. Call to speak with an administrative staff member or click the online booking tool.