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Nerve Pain: Understanding, Causes, and How Physical Therapy Can Help


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If you've ever experienced that sharp, shooting pain or tingling sensation, you might be dealing with nerve pain. It's like your body's alarm system is going haywire, signaling discomfort that can be downright challenging. In this blog post, let's delve into the world of nerve pain, exploring what it is, what might be causing it, available treatments, and how the skilled hands at Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance can be your partners in relief.



Understanding Nerve Pain


Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, stems from issues with your nervous system. Unlike the typical aches and pains, nerve pain often feels sharp, burning, or even electric. It can be caused by various factors, and understanding the root cause is key to effective treatment.



Common Causes of Nerve Pain


1. Injuries and Trauma: Accidents or injuries that directly impact nerves can result in persistent pain signals.


2. Compression: Conditions like carpal tunnel or herniated discs can compress nerves, leading to pain.


3. Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can damage nerves, causing diabetic neuropathy.


4. Infections: Certain infections, like shingles or Lyme disease, can trigger nerve pain.



Available Treatments


1. Medications: Pain relievers, certain antidepressants, and anticonvulsant medications can help manage nerve pain.


2. Physical Therapy: A tailored physical therapy plan can address the underlying causes, improve mobility, and provide relief.


3. Nerve Blocks: Injections of medications around affected nerves can provide temporary relief.


4. Topical Treatments: Creams or patches containing medications like lidocaine can be applied to the skin.



How Physical Therapy Can Help


Personalized Assessment:

Our skilled physical therapists at Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance begin by understanding your unique situation. Through a detailed history, assessment, and examination, we pinpoint the source of your nerve pain.


Targeted Exercises:

Customized exercises are crafted to alleviate nerve pain and enhance overall function. These exercises focus on strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and addressing any contributing factors.


Manual Therapy:

Our hands-on techniques can include massage, joint mobilization, and stretching to ease nerve compression and enhance tissue mobility.


Education for Self-Care:

We empower you with knowledge about your condition and techniques for self-care, ensuring that you play an active role in your recovery.


Long-Term Wellness Plan:

Beyond immediate relief, our physical therapists work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for long-term wellness, preventing future episodes of nerve pain.



Take the Next Step Towards Relief


Don't let nerve pain dictate your life. If you're tired of the tingling, burning, or sharp sensations, it's time to explore how physical therapy can be your ally in the journey towards relief and improved well-being. Schedule an evaluation with Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance, and let's work together to address the root causes of your nerve pain, paving the way for a pain-free, active life. Your journey to relief starts here!

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