Neuralgia also known as nerve pain is a condition that is characterized by severe pain that comes from the nerve. Physical therapy is a valuable method that can aid symptoms associated with neuralgia / nerve pain.
There are two main types of neuralgia;
- Trigeminal neuralgia– Pain that originates from the nerves of the face
- Post herpetic neuralgia– Pain that primarily affects the trunk of the body
Other types of neuralgia include;
- Glossopharyngeal – affects throat, tonsils, tongue and part of the ear
- Occipital – affects upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes
Physical therapy uses a variety of treatment methods and activities that will help minimize symptoms and improve everyday functions that may have been affected by neuralgia.
Causes of neuralgia / nerve pain
Neuralgia is caused by pressure or inflammation of the affected nerves: These disruptions of the nerves may be a result of a number of factors including;
- Chemical irritation
- Infections, such as shingles, syphilis, and Lyme disease
- Porphyria – group of metabolic disorders affecting nerves and skin
- Certain medication
- Pressure on nerves by nearby structures (e.g. blood vessels or tumors)
- Swelling and irritation (inflammation)
- Trauma (including surgery)
- Chronic renal insufficiency
Symptoms associated with neuralgia / nerve pain can vary significantly in characteristics, frequency and severity among sufferers and some people may develop other unrelated symptoms. There are a variety of treatment options for neuralgia / nerve pain. Physical medicine with rehabilitation is a very effective method that aims to help significantly relief some of the symptoms that you are experiencing.