Neuropathic Pain is any pain caused by damage to or dysfunction of the nervous system (the nerves, the spinal cord, or the brain).
Chronic neuropathic pain affects 3% of the population – about 1 million Canadians. The prevalence is increasing as our population ages since some of the common causes of neuropathic pain occur most often in the elderly.
Who is affected by Neuropathic Pain?
1/3 of cancer patients
8% of stroke patients in the year after their stroke
1/4 of diabetic patients
7% of people with lower back pain.
What are the signs and symptoms?
The symptoms of neuropathic pain are different from those of other kinds of pain. Neuropathic pain can cause numbness, burning, skin sensitivity, electrical-type shocks, tingling, a crawling feeling on the skin and a feeling like a glove and stocking over hands and feet. Your skin can change colour or swelling can occur over the affected area.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosis is through a thorough review of your health, the history of any illnesses and an in-depth physical exam that focuses on the nervous system, spinal structure, and posture.
Can you prevent it?
This depends on the cause. Often neuropathic pain is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on and irritating the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tailbone.
How is the pain treated?
Antidepressant drugs like amitriptyline and duloxetine have been used, but these drugs are not designed to treat neuropathic pain. Anti-seizure medications like pregabalin and gabapentin are being used to treat neuropathic pain but they are not originally developed to treat this painful problem nor do they get to the root cause.
Is there a natural solution?
Numerous studies have proven that chiropractic treatments have proven effective in helping to remove the irritation on the nerves which substantially reduces pain by getting to the root cause. Patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after only 9 chiropractic treatments -(Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008).
With chiropractic care, patients had “significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation overall.” -(Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998).
My name is Dr. Sean Murphy, chiropractor, I’ve been helping people with neuropathic pain and nerve problems like polyneuropathy, and severe pain for more than 17 years. Clinically we have noted that chiropractic patients report increased comfort, decreased pain, better sleep and improved strength in follow up progress exams. Remember that the goal is to assist your body to heal naturally. Check out these video clips from CTV where I explain the ABCs of Natural Healing.
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Jan and Brad J. Comment about an improved life stating, “A short time ago we had hip pain, severe ‘nerve pain’ limiting our quality of life as well as digestive problems and painkiller dependencies. Today, we have no hip pain or nerve pain, and no painkillers. Our lives have been greatly improved.”
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