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Can Osteopathy help with Nerve Pain?
Many people rely on osteopathy to treat their nerve pain. At Avenue Osteopathic Practice we not only treat the nerve pain directly, but remove the causes of the problem (nerve compression). This is done by articulation and traction that increases the gaps between the vertebrae where nerve roots often get compressed. Also muscle release techniques that relax the muscles which can also trap and compress the nerves that cause pain.
Osteopaths use special tests to diagnose which nerve is affected, and for spinal nerves, at what level. With this information the Osteopath will discuss with the patient his diagnosis and whether or not osteopathic treatment would be the most effective.
What is Nerve Pain?
Nerve pain is caused by compressed, inflamed or trapped nerves. This can lead to pins and needles, weakness, numbness and in some cases severe pain. There are nerves in most parts of your body and therefore nerve pain can be produced almost anywhere, but the most common sites of nerve compression are in the neck, lumbar spine and buttock area. Also there are specific conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Sciatica.
Why do people suffer from Nerve Pain?
People can have trapped or compressed nerves for a variety of reasons.
- Inflamed facet joints (little joints in the spine)
- Tight muscles
- Bulging spinal discs
- Inflamed or shortened ligaments
- Osteophytes (Increased bone growth)
How is Nerve Pain diagnosed?
A diagnosis is made as a result of taking a full medical history and relevant special tests. For example, sensation and reflexes. It is very useful to the osteopath to see any MRI scans or x-rays that you have had to show whether or not there is a specific disc or any other injuries pressing on a nerve. Your osteopath will be able to discuss these scans with you and explain their implications in terms you will understand.
Pain-killers and Nerve Pain, Do’s and Don’ts
It is never advisable to take pain relief before taking part in high-impact activities or physical work. This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and re-damage injured muscles and ligaments.
Although it is always better not to take drugs, as they all have side effects, they can be useful in some circumstances. lf muscle pain is preventing you from sleeping, this can have a serious effect on your whole life, and it is worth a compromise of the side effects of the pain-killers for a good night’s sleep.
Pain-killing drugs can sometimes counteract the effectiveness of other medication you may be taking, and in some cases can be very harmful. Therefore it is important to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist as to whether they are appropriate, or indeed safe.
Some inflammatory conditions will benefit from NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) but again, it must be remembered that they may reduce inflammation but not the cause of the inflammation. Also they can cause stomach problems in some cases.
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey – Nearby Towns
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey is near the towns of Stoneleigh, Ewell, Worcester Park, Epsom, Morden and New Malden.
Tel: 020 8395 1177