Nerve pain may be the result of a compressed, irritated nerve or due to underlying nerve pathology. Symptoms of nerve injury may include pain, burning, pins and needles, numbness and/or increased sensitivity.
Nerves may become injured or compromised when other structures in the body start to impinge on them. Common examples include a bulging disc or degenerative changes in the spine which can compress the nerve root as it exits the spine. Occasionally increased tone of a muscle through which a nerve passes may cause compression.
Trauma or a stretch injury might occur to a nerve, e.g ‘a stinger’ caused in contact sports. In more severe cases of nerve injury there will be persistent pain in the area of distribution of the nerve and there may be weakness in the muscles innervated by the nerve.
Nerve Pain Treatment
Our physiotherapists will look to ascertain the cause of your nerve pain. Once the cause is known a number of treatment techniques may be employed in isolation or in combination to help relieve the symptoms of nerve pain. These include joint mobilisation, myofascial release or dry needling of tight soft tissue structures, passive soft tissue mobilisation, and neural mobilisation techniques.