Nerve pain may be very mild, producing symptoms of pins and needles or tingling. However, for some people, it might be more like a ‘jolt’ of electricity. Chronic (long-term) nerve pain sufferers can experience pain that is debilitating, making everyday life a misery.
Sydney Chiropractor, Rachael Veronesi explains that this type of pain may arise from neuropathy. This can be a symptom of a pre-existing medical condition, taking prescription drugs, exposure to neurotoxins, or it could have a straightforward, biomechanical cause. In all cases, the pain comes from compression, irritation, damage or injury to one or more nerves.
Sciatica is a good example of the sort of nerve pain that is biomechanical in origin. The Sciatic nerve exits the spinal cord in the low back area, travels through the buttocks and into muscle at the rear of the leg. This is where the pain is felt – and it can be extremely painful and debilitating – but the cause is most usually, compression of the nerve where it exits the spine and is as a result of either, a bulging or herniated disc, or a degenerative condition such as arthritis, both of which can compress and irritate the nerve.
Neuropathy can also be caused by a repetitive strain injury, or a lack of the Vitamin, B12. However, probably the most common cause of Neuropathy is Diabetes. This causes damage to the peripheral nerves and leads to very serious, life-changing complications, due to the unsatisfactory control of blood sugar levels.
Whatever the cause of Neuropathy, Dr Veronesi explains that sufferers are, unfortunately, more prone to nerve compression and damage that causes biomechanical problems including carpal tunnel or sciatica problems. Once damage has occurred in a nerve or nerves, communication with the brain is at greater risk of becoming abnormal. This results in inappropriate pain messages or a lack of messages resulting in feelings of numbness.
Diagnosing Nerve Pain
At her Sydney Chiropractor practice, Neurobalance Chiropractic, Rachael Veronesi is always pleased when patients do not put off coming to get their nerve pain symptoms checked out. This is because an early diagnosis and, where appropriate, beginning treatment early on, can help to avoid nerve damage getting worse.
For some patients, despite specialist intervention and many tests, no underlying cause of nerve pain can be found. In such cases, pain is defined as, ‘idiopathic’ or, unexplained. Scientific research has shown that idiopathic nerve pain is more common in pre-Diabetic patients, so uncontrolled blood sugar could be a primary cause.
As explained, finding out what is causing nerve pain is very important. For those with neuropathy, finding the cause can help to prevent matters getting worse. As an example, for a person with Diabetes who has Diabetic Neuropathy, the harrowing results of long-term peripheral nerve damage that can include amputation of feet or lower limbs may be avoided if the problem is caught early and extensive nerve damage is prevented by adequately managing blood sugar levels.
At Neurobalance Chiropractic, your Sydney Chiropractor will assess your symptoms to see if Chiropractic care will help in your case. If so, particularly for nerve pain that is biomechanical in origin (such as sciatica), a treatment program combining chiropractic adjustment techniques, with diet, nutrition and lifestyle advice and possibly some exercises to do at home can begin. If Chiropractic is not appropriate, a referral will be arranged for you.
Please call the clinic today on 02 9938 5456 (Brookvale) or 02 9420 1474 (Lane Cove) and do not delay getting the cause of your nerve pain assessed. For many, the gentle, conservative, holistic care provided by Chiropactors can bring relief from symptoms quickly, enabling you to get on with your life, pain-free.