NERVE PAIN

Expert Care for Nerve Pain

Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, can significantly impact your daily life, causing discomfort, tingling, and sharp, shooting pain. Affecting approximately 10% of the US population, nerve pain can be debilitating and challenging to manage. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we've helped countless individuals overcome nerve pain in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles areas. Our comprehensive approach ensures you receive the best care tailored to your unique needs
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Why Does Nerve Pain Occur?

Nerve pain can be a result of various underlying conditions. It’s crucial to understand the root cause to effectively manage and treat the pain. Here are some common causes:
  • Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can damage nerves, leading to diabetic neuropathy.
  • Infections: Conditions like shingles or HIV can cause nerve pain.
  • Injuries: Physical trauma from accidents or surgeries can damage nerves.
  • Neurological Disorders: Conditions such as multiple sclerosis can cause nerve damage.
  • Chronic Conditions: Diseases like cancer and kidney disease can also lead to neuropathic pain.

Types of Nerve Pain

There are several types of nerve pain, including:
  • Peripheral Neuropathy: Affects the peripheral nerves and can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the hands and feet.
  • Radiculopathy: Occurs when nerve roots are compressed or irritated, often resulting in pain radiating down the arms or legs.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia: A chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face, causing severe facial pain.
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia: Follows a shingles infection and can cause persistent pain in the area of the rash.

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How is Nerve Pain Diagnosed?

Diagnosing nerve pain typically involves a combination of approaches. First, a medical history evaluation is conducted to understand your symptoms, medical history, and any underlying conditions. This is followed by physical exams to assess nerve function, muscle strength, and reflexes. 

Diagnostic tests, such as nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), and MRI scans, are then used to identify nerve damage or compression. This comprehensive approach ensures an accurate diagnosis and helps in formulating an effective treatment plan.

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Common Treatment Options for Nerve Pain

Physical Therapy

Customized exercises can strengthen muscles, improve mobility, and reduce pain. Physical therapy can also include techniques such as massage and electrical stimulation.

Medications

Medications: Prescription drugs such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and pain relievers can help manage nerve pain. Topical treatments like lidocaine patches can also provide relief.

Nerve Blocks

Injections that numb specific nerves can provide temporary relief from pain. These are often used for diagnostic purposes or to manage acute pain.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical Stimulation: Techniques like TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) can help alleviate pain by sending electrical impulses through the skin to the nerves.

Lifestyle Modifications

Incorporating healthy habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management techniques can improve overall nerve health and reduce pain.
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How to Prevent Nerve Pain

Diagnosing nerve pain involves a medical history evaluation to understand symptoms and underlying conditions, followed by physical exams to assess nerve function and muscle strength. Diagnostic tests, such as nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), and MRI scans, help identify nerve damage or compression.

Nerve Pain Treatment Options At Spine & Pain Institute LA

At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we offer a variety of treatments tailored to the specific needs of our patients.

Specialized Treatments Offered:
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator 
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator 
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Caudal Epidural Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator 
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator 
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection

How to Manage Nerve Pain

  • Pain Relief: Use over-the-counter NSAIDs to reduce inflammation or stronger prescription medications for intense pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Incorporate stretching, strengthening exercises, and manual therapy to enhance mobility and ease discomfort.
  • Heat and Cold Therapy: Apply cold packs to reduce inflammation and numb pain, or heat to relax stiff muscles and improve circulation.
  • Posture Correction: Adjust posture regularly, ensuring ergonomic setups at work and during daily activities to minimize neck strain.
  • Stress Management: Employ relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation to alleviate muscle tension exacerbated by stress.
  • Rest and Movement: Balance rest with gentle neck exercises to maintain flexibility without overstraining the muscles.
  • Ergonomic Adjustments: Use ergonomic furniture and tools to support proper posture and reduce neck pain.
  • Regular Breaks: Take frequent breaks from prolonged sitting or standing to stretch and adjust posture, preventing stiffness and pain.
  • Alternative Therapies: Consider acupuncture or other non-traditional therapies to provide additional pain relief.

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Don't let nerve pain control your life. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we're dedicated to helping you find relief. Our expert team offers comprehensive, personalized treatment plans to address your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards a pain-free life in Pasadena and greater Los Angeles areas.

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