Nerve pain, also called neuralgia or neuropathic pain, occurs when a nerve is damaged or irritated. Nerve pain symptoms are often described as burning, painful, cold or electric shocks and may be associated with tingling, pins and needles, numbness or itching. The symptoms can be very severe and episodes can be prolonged, even after other symptoms of trauma have subsided. A widely known example of nerve pain is sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica describes nerve pain caused by the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, hamstrings and into the lower leg. The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging (“herniated”) disc in the lower back that “pinches” or inflames the nerve. Sciatica can be very painful and disabling which is why it is important to get the right diagnosis and medical advice from a trained health professional. The good news is, with the right treatment and management, most cases of sciatica completely resolve over time.
Common nerve conditions that may benefit from Osteopathic treatment include:
- Referred or radicular nerve pain from the neck or low back
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapment conditions
How will an Osteopath help?
Osteopaths use skilled evaluation, diagnosis and hands on techniques in treating nerve pain. Taking a holistic approach to treatment our practitioners address both the symptoms and cause of your condition. You will also receive education, management and rehabilitation advice informed by the latest scientific research.