Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves might be damaged or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers. The impact of nerve fiber injury includes a change in nerve function both at the site of injury and in surrounding areas. 

For those suffering from neuropathic pain, the pain can be intense and life-altering. The good news? Your Lithia chiropractor might hold the key to better managing your neuropathic pain. So, let’s take a closer look!

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain, also known as nerve pain, can result from a variety of conditions, including diabetes (which can lead to diabetic neuropathy), shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), or even conditions like sciatica. This pain is different from the normal healing process of tissue injury. 

Neuropathic pain is often described as a burning or shooting pain. It can go away on its own but is frequently chronic. Sometimes it’s unrelenting and severe, and sometimes it comes and goes.

It can be the result of malfunctioning nerves due to disease, injury, or even damage from surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Most often, it arises due to neural dysfunction or injury (or a combination of the two).

Can Your Lithia Chiropractor Help?

Yes! Chiropractic care is known for its effectiveness in treating various types of pain and injuries without the need for invasive procedures or prescription medications. 

The first step is always a thorough assessment to understand your specific condition and the root cause of your neuropathic pain. This may involve reviewing your medical history, physical examinations, and possibly diagnostic tests. From this assessment, we create a treatment plan unique to you, your needs, and your goals.

Spinal misalignments (subluxations) can contribute to neuropathic pain by exacerbating nerve irritation and dysfunction. Yet, chiropractic adjustments aim to correct these misalignments, reducing pressure on the nervous system and promoting optimal nerve function. Thus, these are often included in treatment plans for neuropathic pain; yet, again, it may depend on your specific situation. 

Other techniques that may be included in your treatment are:

  • Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial Release

Your chiropractor may also offer advice on lifestyle changes that support nerve health, including nutrition, exercise, and ergonomics, to help reduce symptoms and prevent the worsening of neuropathic pain. Lastly, your chiropractor may teach you techniques aimed at helping you understand how to move and use your body in ways that protect and support nerve health.

Ultimately, the goal of chiropractic care for neuropathic pain is not just pain relief but also addressing the underlying causes of nerve dysfunction. By improving spinal alignment, enhancing nerve communication, and promoting overall health, chiropractic care can help reduce the severity of neuropathic pain symptoms and improve quality of life.

Book Your Appointment Today!

If you’re dealing with neuropathic pain, you don’t have to suffer in silence. With a comprehensive approach to pain management and health improvement, chiropractic care could be your pathway to a more comfortable, active life. Your At Last Chiropractic team is here to help. 

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and discover how we can assist you in managing your neuropathic pain. Let’s make pain a thing in your past!