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.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
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.
Intravenous (IV) infusions
Certain medications, such as lidocaine and ketamine, can be delivered through IV infusions to provide pain relief.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
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.