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What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is chronic in nature and commonly associated with abnormalities within the central nervous system. Let’s take a closer look at neuropathic pain to understand the treatment options available.

What are Some of the Causes of Neuropathic Pain?

In most cases, neuropathic pain is the result of a malfunction within the central or peripheral nervous system. Some of the most common causes of this type of pain can include (but may not be limited to):

  • Alcoholism
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with the facial nerves
  • Amputations
  • Systemic infections
  • Problems within the hips, back or legs

As we can see, the causes of neuropathic pain do vary and differ in severity from person to person. It is important therefore to obtain a diagnosis and seek treatment from an experienced, professional, healthcare practitioner.

Different Types of Neuropathic Pain

Just as a kaleidoscope of issues can result in neuropathic pain, the degree of pain will vary. For instance, amputees have been known to experience feelings of pain and discomfort associated with a phantom limb. Other types include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (known as entrapment neuropathy).
  • Extensive nerve damage (referred to as peripheral neuropathy).
  • Trauma to a specific nerve
  • Post-therapeutic neuralgia

Sensations can include a burning or shooting pain, numbness, discomfort resulting from a non-painful stimulus (called “allodynia”), and paranesthesia (a tingling or pricking sensation on the skin).

Chiropractic Treatment For Neuropathic Pain

One of the main concerns associated with neuropathic pain involves its decidedly chronic nature. It can therefore be difficult to treat with conventional methods. One of the ways to attempt to get relief from neuropathic pain is through proactive chiropractic therapy. Chiropractic treatment is suitable for most types of neuropathic pain.

The main takeaway point here is that therapeutic options should seek to uncover the source of the problem itself as opposed to merely masking the symptoms. Chiropractors aim to adopt a more personalised approach based around your symptoms, history and levels of physical discomfort. If you suspect that you may be suffering from any form of neuropathic pain, contact Dr Adam Rocchi ( chiropractor ) at Spine Scan. Adam was the first in Western Australia to offer functional Trigenics that provides benefits including back pain and neck pain relief as well as focusing on improvement in your strength and flexibility. With the adoption of the gentle Trigenics technique Adam attempts to find the reason for nerve, muscle or joint dysfunction and then try and assist the body through the healing process.


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