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Understanding the Different Treatments for Your Traumatic Nerve Pain

Broken bones need casts, sprained ankles need ice, and strained muscles need rest. But how do you help injured nerves recover? 

When your nerves have been damaged, the path to pain relief might be hidden, and that’s where our experts at US Neuropathy Centers come in. 

We specialize in identifying and treating traumatic nerve pain and offer comprehensive nerve pain treatments and therapies to bring you quick, lasting pain relief. Today, we’re taking a closer look at your nerves and common nerve injuries to help you understand your treatment options. 

A closer look at your nerves

Nerves are your body’s main communication network, carrying messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. They work with the hormones in your body to maintain function and help you respond to the world around you. 

Nerves are bundles of fibers made up of specialized cells called neurons, which transmit chemical and electrical signals.  

There’s no telling how many nerves you have in your body, but it’s estimated that there are hundreds of nerves and upwards of billions of neurons. In fact, your brain alone has around 100 billion neurons. 

All those billions of nerves communicate flawlessly when you’re healthy. But just like the other parts of your body, they can become injured, resulting in traumatic nerve pain. 

Traumatic nerve pain

Traumatic nerve pain occurs when the nerves in your body are injured or damaged. No two people experience traumatic nerve pain the same. For instance, it might result in agonizing sensitivity to touch or widespread musculoskeletal pain. 

Some of our patients experience significant numbness or tingling along the path of their injured nerve, while others report muscle weakness. 

Because you have so many nerves all over your body, virtually any injury can result in traumatic nerve pain, among them:

It’s also not uncommon to have traumatic nerve pain following a surgical procedure. Our team of experts uses a variety of tests, including EMGs, MRIs, and nerve conduction studies to accurately diagnose and pinpoint the location of your injured nerve or nerves. 

Treating your traumatic nerve pain

We take the time to review your symptoms and health history and create a treatment plan that will work best for you and your needs. Here are some of the treatments we recommend most often. 

Electrical nerve stimulation

When your nerves are damaged, they can’t send electrical signals efficiently and often misfire pain signals to your brain. That’s why we often recommend electrical nerve stimulation to block the malfunctioning nerves from sending pain signals. 

There are a few different types of electrical nerve stimulation, including spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. We match you with the type of stimulation treatment that best addresses your unique needs. 

Multiwave locked system laser therapy (MLS)

MLS laser therapy delivers several wavelengths of laser energy into the painful areas of your body. The laser energy addresses your traumatic nerve pain by reducing the inflammation that’s putting pressure on your nerves. 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

This traumatic nerve pain treatment starts in one of the most important parts of your central nervous system — your brain. TMS uses a powerful magnetic field similar to the one produced during an MRI. 

The magnetic field stimulates nerve activity in your brain, stopping it from receiving pain signals from the rest of your body. 

Other treatments

Depending on your needs, our experts also recommend other complementary treatments, such as IV infusion therapies, regenerative medicines, diet and exercise counseling and supplements, and medical marijuana to facilitate nerve healing and pain relief. 

If you’d like more information or would like to be evaluated for traumatic nerve pain, don’t hesitate to request an appointment online or over the phone. We’re conveniently located in Marietta, Georgia.

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