Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition caused by damage to the nervous system. It can result from a variety of conditions, including diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries. Symptoms of neuropathic pain include burning, shooting, stabbing, or tingling sensations, and hypersensitivity to touch and temperature changes. Neuropathic pain can significantly affect quality of life, leading to sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and difficulties with daily activities. However, with appropriate treatment and management, relief from symptoms is possible. Painless has a multidisciplinary team that works with individuals to develop personalized treatment plans that address the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their pain.
Neuropathic pain presents differently for each individual, but common symptoms include:
These symptoms can significantly impact daily life and require appropriate management to improve quality of life. At Painless, our multidisciplinary team focuses on a whole-person approach to address the underlying causes of neuropathic pain and develop personalized treatment plans that incorporate a variety of strategies.
There are various classes of medications used to manage neuropathic pain, including antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and topical agents. These medications can be prescribed by a pain management specialist.
Nerve blocks involve injecting a local anesthetic or other medication into a specific nerve to provide pain relief.
TENS uses a small device to deliver electrical impulses to nerve endings, which can help to reduce pain.
Physical therapists can develop an exercise plan to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, and may also use techniques such as massage, stretching, and heat or cold therapy to relieve pain.
Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into specific points on the body to stimulate nerve activity and promote healing.
Pulsed radiofrequency is a minimally invasive procedure that uses electrical stimulation to interrupt pain signals along the affected nerve, providing pain relief.
Certain medications, such as lidocaine and ketamine, can be delivered through IV infusions to provide pain relief.
CBT is a form of therapy that can help individuals with neuropathic pain develop coping strategies to manage pain and improve quality of life.
Biofeedback involves learning to control certain bodily functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure, which can help to reduce pain and stress.
Massage therapy can help to relax muscles, improve circulation, and reduce pain associated with neuropathic pain. A trained massage therapist can use a variety of techniques to target specific areas of the body.
Practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help to reduce stress and manage neuropathic pain symptoms.
Getting adequate restful sleep is important for managing neuropathic pain. Establishing a regular sleep schedule and creating a comfortable sleep environment can help improve sleep quality.
Gentle exercise, like walking or yoga, can help to reduce pain symptoms by increasing circulation and promoting endorphin release.
Applying a heating pad or ice pack to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation.
Mindfulness meditation and other MBSR techniques can help manage stress and reduce neuropathic pain symptoms.
Engaging in enjoyable activities, like listening to music or reading a book, can help shift focus away from pain.
Joining a support group or connecting with others who have similar experiences can provide emotional support and help to alleviate feelings of isolation.
Certain supplements, such as alpha-lipoic acid and magnesium, may help reduce neuropathic pain symptoms. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.