Of the many types of pain you can experience, nerve pain is sometimes the most painful – and the most difficult to treat. When you have nerve pain it is likely caused by injury to your nerves. Nerves are responsible for bringing sensory information to your brain from the skin and other organs. They are also in charge of movements and sensing the positioning of your limbs. When a nerve gets damages, any of these functions can experience problems.
Nerve pain is difficult to treat because it is challenging to get the nerve to stop sending incorrect impulses after it becomes damaged. In addition, nerve cells do not regenerate the same way that skin or muscle cells do. This can lead to a lifetime of problems. That’s why we at BASIC Spine recommend the inSRT injections treatment that uses stem cells derived from the placenta, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid. By injecting these repair cells directly into the area where the nerves are damaged, you give your body every opportunity to repair these vital sensory cells.
Nerve pain has several possible causes. The most logical cause is from a traumatic injury, such as a car accident or knife wound. These impacts can severe nerves that never fully heal and can hurt for years after a wound has closed over. With back patients, the most common cause of nerve pain is nerve entrapment or impingement. This is when one of the discs in the back or neck presses on a nerve that runs close to the spinal cord. It can cause pain all the way down a limb if the nerve is pinched severely enough.
Nerve pain does not necessarily have to have a mechanical cause. For instance, diabetic peripheral neuropathy is nerve pain and dysfunction caused by the presence of an elevated blood sugar. In addition, chemotherapy used in cancer treatment can sometimes cause nerve pain because it destroys viable nerve tissue. In both cases nerves are destroyed by a chemical process and cannot regrow because nerve tissue is less likely to repair itself.
The symptoms of nerve pain usually center around the feeling properties of the nerve. For instance, with nerve pain, you have numbness, tingling, and ache. These usually describe the quality of pain caused by nerve damage, and you can feel this pain very far away from where the damage has occurred. With disc problems, the pain seems to travel down a leg or an arm. This is because the nerve is damaged at the root and affects the nerve all along the region that it enervates.
Other symptoms that may occur concurrently with pain include weakness, paralysis, and an inability to “sense” your limb. If the nerves are damaged, you may have a difficult time controlling the muscles that the nerve serves. You can even experience tripping over your feet because you are unable to control where they go and have no sense that they are out of step. This is a phenomenon referred to foot drop, and it is common in those who have peripheral neuropathy.
Treatments for nerve pain usually focus on blocking the improper signals coming from damaged nerves. This has been somewhat accomplished by certain medications, primarily gabapentin and Lyrica. However, Cymbalta has recently shown some promise in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Some doctors suggest other pain management techniques, such as psychological therapy, meditation, and biofeedback. This last process is a treatment where the pain is displayed on a screen, and the patient attempts to lower the pain level by relaxing.
For back injuries, removing the impinging disc in the back or neck and sometimes relieve pain. However, this isn’t always effective because a damaged nerve remains damaged, even after the impingement has ceased. BASIC Spine is pioneering the inSRT technique with stem cells acquired from amniotic fluid, placenta, and cord blood. Stem cells are designed to help regrow new tissue, but they are not present in older adults. By injecting them into a damaged area, the body uses them to repair what it would otherwise not be able to fix.
If you have nerve pain, we can help you at BASIC Spine. Whether you need back surgery, stem cell therapy, or medications, we have the professionals to provide for your needs. Call us today for a consultation!