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Physiotherapy For Pain And Tingling Sensation In The Limbs!

Physiotherapist, Kanpur
Physiotherapy For Pain And Tingling Sensation In The Limbs!

An occasional tingling sensation in the hands or feet is normal and probably happens to everybody. But if this happens at a higher intensity or frequency than the normal amount and if it is accompanied by pain, it needs attention.

Commonly called the “pins and needles” feeling, it is irritating and distracting. Sometimes, this is a symptom of more complicated underlying issues. For this reason, this problem should not be ignored, even if it doesn’t seem like much of a problem.

Causes-

A tingling sensation anywhere in the body is usually the result of pressure on the nerves in that area. The hands and limbs having several nerve endings at the fingertips and toes are often at the receiving end of this sensation even if another part of the leg or arm is under pressure.

In rarer cases, this feeling might be more frequent or chronic.  Sometimes, it might not even happen as a result of direct pressure. This is when the symptoms need more attention because it indicates the beginning of nerve damage.  This might be the result of various causes like:

Symptoms-

The pain and tingling are itself a symptom of possible neurological problems.  But usually, it is just a result of the nerves being under pressure. If the symptom occurs in the absence of pressure, and it occurs frequently, it is likely that it is indicating a different health condition called peripheral neuropathy. It comes with a set of other symptoms like:

Other indications-

Most of the time, slight pain and some tingling in the hands and legs is not an indication of some complicated health condition. There are other simple causes like:

Alcoholism, anxiety, and vitamin deficiency need to be treated. Once this is done, the pins and needles sensation will be gone. During pregnancy, light stretching in the earlier stages and some comfortable massage during the advanced stages help avoid the tingling sensation.

Relieving the Symptom with Physiotherapy-

Treatment of this symptom involves the treatment of the cause. The wide range of possible causes needs to be diagnosed either by method of confirming the possible cause or ruling out the others.

If there is no grave underlying medical cause, physiotherapy is helpful in getting rid of the symptom. No medication is required if there is no complication involved. Also, the symptom should not be allowed to stay if it manifests frequently. Physiotherapist will use Exercise therapy like the knees to chest exercise, hamstring stretch, opposition stretch, backward bending of the spine, erect postures of the spine and the child’s pose help getting rid of the pain and tingling.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia - Vital Information About It!

Dr. Rakesh Kumar 88% (32 ratings)
DM - Neurology, MD - Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Neurologist, Ghaziabad
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Vital Information About It!

Trigeminal Neuralgia is basically a nervous disorder that can affect any person. The condition is caused mainly due to the trigeminal nerve or the 5th cranial nerve being pressed against by a blood vessel. Cases have been reported without such specific underlying causes as well. The condition can cause light to severe pain and is treated through a combination of medication and other external stimulations.

Things you need to know about Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition in which the affected person will feel pain on one side of the face, especially on the cheeks and the mouth.
  • 'Tic douloureax’ is the other name by which the disorder is otherwise known.
  • Depending on the intensity of the pain, the condition is categorised as Type 1 or Type 2; type 1 Trigeminal Neuralgia being the one causing severe stabbing pain.
  • In rare cases, persons can experience both types at the same place at the same time.
  • The cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia, relates to the 5th Cranial nerve, which controls the facial sensation and chewing, being affected. Since this nerve is called the trigeminal nerve the disorder is named Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • In a majority of cases, it has been detected that some blood vessel running along the nerve is pressing against the nerve, resulting in its inflammation and the pain being transmitted to the face.
  • Some experts believe the condition can be brought about without any known cause as well.
  • Radio-frequency ablation and microvascular decompression of nerve are very popular treatment methods followed by several practioners.
  • There are many ways of treating Trigeminal Neuralgia; internal medicine is, of course, the immediate remedy
  • Anticonvulsant drugs are the main line of medication prescribed primarily due to their ability to suppress nerve pain.
  • Certain antidepressants can also be prescribed in combination and some of the latest drugs which have been found to be very effective in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia are also recommended.
  • The doctors will, however, be closely monitoring the reactions and side effects before they persist with medication on these lines
  • Some of the external types of treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia include electrical stimulation using devices like TENS units.
  • These devices are freely available in the market and people can use them at their homes following the directions of use given by the manufacturers and also demo videos available online.
  • TENS is actually an acronym for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” and the devices consist of electrodes through which electric pulses are sent from a small transmitter like instrument. There are pads attached to the end of the electrodes that can be patched onto the skin and there is a range of settings to regulate the intensity of the pulses.
  • This electric stimulation process offers instant relief and when continuously applied for a few days, the pain may fully go away.

Nerve pains can become unbearable sometimes and have to be treated immediately. The best way is to first take a combination of drugs to control the pain and then use electric stimulation and other methods of external applications to remove the pain.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia - Know More About It!

MBBS, MD - Medicine, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Delhi
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Know More About It!

Trigeminal Neuralgia is basically a nervous disorder that can affect any person. The condition is caused mainly due to the trigeminal nerve or the 5th cranial nerve being pressed against by a blood vessel. Cases have been reported without such specific underlying causes as well. The condition can cause light to severe pain and is treated through a combination of medication and other external stimulations.

Things you need to know about Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition in which the affected person will feel pain on one side of the face, especially on the cheeks and the mouth.
  • 'Tic douloureax’ is the other name by which the disorder is otherwise known.
  • Depending on the intensity of the pain, the condition is categorised as Type 1 or Type 2; type 1 Trigeminal Neuralgia being the one causing severe stabbing pain.
  • In rare cases, persons can experience both types at the same place at the same time.
  • The cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia, relates to the 5th Cranial nerve, which controls the facial sensation and chewing, being affected. Since this nerve is called the trigeminal nerve the disorder is named Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • In a majority of cases, it has been detected that some blood vessel running along the nerve is pressing against the nerve, resulting in its inflammation and the pain being transmitted to the face.
  • Some experts believe the condition can be brought about without any known cause as well.
  • Radio-frequency ablation and microvascular decompression of nerve are very popular treatment methods followed by several practitioners.
  • There are many ways of treating Trigeminal Neuralgia; internal medicine is, of course, the immediate remedy
  • Anticonvulsant drugs are the main line of medication prescribed primarily due to their ability to suppress nerve pain.
  • Certain antidepressants can also be prescribed in combination and some of the latest drugs which have been found to be very effective in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia are also recommended.
  • The doctors will, however, be closely monitoring the reactions and side effects before they persist with medication on these lines
  • Some of the external types of treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia include the electrical stimulation using devices like TENS units.
  • These devices are freely available in the market and people can use them at their homes following the directions of use given by the manufacturers and also demo videos available online.
  • TENS is actually an acronym for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” and the devices consist of electrodes through which electric pulses are sent from a small transmitter like instrument. There are pads attached to the end of the electrodes that can be patched onto the skin and there is a range of settings to regulate the intensity of the pulses.
  • This electric stimulation process offers instant relief and when continuously applied for a few days, the pain may fully go away.

Nerve pains can become unbearable sometimes and have to be treated immediately. The best way is to first take a combination of drugs to control the pain and then use electric stimulation and other methods of external applications to remove the pain.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia - What Should You Know?

Dr. Debabrata Chakraborty 91% (158 ratings)
DM - Neurology, Fellowship in Stroke Neurology, MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Neurologist, Kolkata
Trigeminal Neuralgia - What Should You Know?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is basically a nervous disorder that can affect any person. The condition is caused mainly due to the trigeminal nerve or the 5th cranial nerve being pressed against by a blood vessel. Cases have been reported without such specific underlying causes as well. The condition can cause light to severe pain and is treated through a combination of medication and other external stimulations.

Things you need to know about Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition in which the affected person will feel pain on one side of the face, especially on the cheeks and the mouth.
  • 'Tic douloureax’ is the other name by which the disorder is otherwise known.
  • Depending on the intensity of the pain, the condition is categorised as Type 1 or Type 2; type 1 Trigeminal Neuralgia being the one causing severe stabbing pain.
  • In rare cases, persons can experience both types at the same place at the same time.
  • The cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia, relates to the 5th Cranial nerve, which controls the facial sensation and chewing, being affected. Since this nerve is called the trigeminal nerve the disorder is named Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • In a majority of cases, it has been detected that some blood vessel running along the nerve is pressing against the nerve, resulting in its inflammation and the pain being transmitted to the face.
  • Some experts believe the condition can be brought about without any known cause as well.
  • Radio-frequency ablation and microvascular decompression of nerve are very popular treatment methods followed by several practitioners.
  • There are many ways of treating Trigeminal Neuralgia; internal medicine is, of course, the immediate remedy
  • Anticonvulsant drugs are the main line of medication prescribed primarily due to their ability to suppress nerve pain.
  • Certain antidepressants can also be prescribed in combination and some of the latest drugs which have been found to be very effective in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia are also recommended.
  • The doctors will, however, be closely monitoring the reactions and side effects before they persist with medication on these lines
  • Some of the external type of treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia include the electrical stimulation using devices like TENS units.
  • These devices are freely available in the market and people can use them at their homes following the directions of use given by the manufacturers and also demo videos available online.
  • TENS is actually an acronym for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” and the devices consist of electrodes through which electric pulses are sent from a small transmitter like an instrument. There are pads attached to the end of the electrodes that can be patched onto the skin and there is a range of settings to regulate the intensity of the pulses.
  • This electric stimulation process offers instant relief and when continuously applied for a few days, the pain may fully go away.

Nerve pains can become unbearable sometimes and have to be treated immediately. The best way is to first take a combination of drugs to control the pain and then use electric stimulation and other methods of external applications to remove the pain.

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Nerve Compression - How To Administer It?

MBBS, MS- General Surgery, M.Ch. - Neuro Surgery
Neurosurgeon, Meerut
Nerve Compression - How To Administer It?

Nerve compression is a condition caused by direct pressure on a nerve. It occurs when a nerve is squeezed or compacted. It is also known as compression neuropathy or entrapment neuropathy.

It typically occurs at a single location. Nerves in the torso, limbs, and extremities may be affected. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, and muscle weakness at the site of the nerve.

Nerve compression syndrome is also known as:

  1. nerve entrapment syndrome
  2. compression neuropathy
  3. entrapment neuropathy
  4. trapped nerve

Types

Mentioned below are few of the most common types of nerve compression syndromes:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Suprascapular nerve compression syndrome
  • Guyon’s canal syndrome
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Radial nerve compression syndrome

Causes

  1. Prolonged or repeated external force, such as sitting with one's arm over the back of a chair (radial nerve), frequently resting one's elbows on a table (ulnar nerve), or an ill-fitting cast or brace on the leg (peroneal nerve).
  2. Accidents such as sprains, fractures, and broken bones can also cause nerve compression syndrome
  3. Diabetes
  4. Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Thyroid dysfunction
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Tumors and cysts
  8. Pregnancy or menopause
  9. Obesity
  10. Neural disorders

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain in the area of compressions, such as the neck or lower back
  • Radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pins and needles or a burning sensation
  • Weakness
  • Symptoms worsen when you try specific movements, such as turning your head or straining your neck

Management

  1. Lifestyle changes: Avoiding movements that cause pain.  Changing job duties may relieve symptoms. Losing weight can improve symptoms if obesity is the cause of nerve compression syndrome,
  2. Physical therapy: Flexibility, strength, and range of motion in the affected area can be improved by working with a physical therapist. Physical therapy can also relieve symptoms, such as pain and numbness.
  3. Medication: Drugs commonly prescribed to manage symptoms caused by nerve compression syndrome include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin. Corticosteroids, such as dexamethasone, are injected directly around the nerve.
  4. Prosthetic devices: In a few cases of nerve compression syndrome, a doctor or physical therapist may advise a splint or a brace to help avoid putting pressure on the nerve.
  5. Surgery: The surgical procedure required depends on the type of nerve compression syndrome, the degree of compression, and the nerves and structures affected. Surgery also depends on several factors, which include the duration of the symptoms, the severity of symptoms, and any other underlying health conditions you might have.
  6. Home remedies: The following home remedies may stop or ameliorate symptoms of nerve compression syndrome:
    • Stop activities that cause pain
    • Apply icing on the affected area for 10–15 minutes
    • Taking regular breaks when doing repetitive tasks
    • Applying topical creams, such as menthol
    • Elevating the affected area
    • Keeping the affected area warmPerforming stretches and exercises to improve strength and flexibility
    • Using relaxation exercises
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Trigeminal Neuralgia - Important Information About It!

MBBS, MD- General Medicine, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Ranchi
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Important Information About It!

Trigeminal Neuralgia is basically a nervous disorder that can affect any person. The condition is caused mainly due to the trigeminal nerve or the 5th cranial nerve being pressed against by a blood vessel. Cases have been reported without such specific underlying causes as well. The condition can cause light to severe pain and is treated through a combination of medication and other external stimulations.

Things you need to know about Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition in which the affected person will feel pain on one side of the face, especially on the cheeks and the mouth.
  • 'Tic douloureax’ is the other name by which the disorder is otherwise known.
  • Depending on the intensity of the pain, the condition is categorised as Type 1 or Type 2; type 1 Trigeminal Neuralgia being the one causing severe stabbing pain.
  • In rare cases, persons can experience both types at the same place at the same time.
  • The cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia, relates to the 5th Cranial nerve, which controls the facial sensation and chewing, being affected. Since this nerve is called the trigeminal nerve the disorder is named Trigeminal Neuralgia.
  • In a majority of cases, it has been detected that some blood vessel running along the nerve is pressing against the nerve, resulting in its inflammation and the pain being transmitted to the face.
  • Some experts believe the condition can be brought about without any known cause as well.
  • Radio-frequency ablation and microvascular decompression of nerve are very popular treatment methods followed by several practitioners.
  • There are many ways of treating Trigeminal Neuralgia; internal medicine is, of course, the immediate remedy
  • Anticonvulsant drugs are the main line of medication prescribed primarily due to their ability to suppress nerve pain.
  • Certain antidepressants can also be prescribed in combination and some of the latest drugs which have been found to be very effective in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia are also recommended.
  • The doctors will, however, be closely monitoring the reactions and side effects before they persist with medication on these lines
  • Some of the external types of treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia include the electrical stimulation using devices like TENS units.
  • These devices are freely available in the market and people can use them at their homes following the directions of use given by the manufacturers and also demo videos available online.
  • TENS is actually an acronym for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” and the devices consist of electrodes through which electric pulses are sent from a small transmitter like an instrument. There are pads attached to the end of the electrodes that can be patched onto the skin and there is a range of settings to regulate the intensity of the pulses.
  • This electric stimulation process offers instant relief and when continuously applied for a few days, the pain may fully go away.

Nerve pains can become unbearable sometimes and have to be treated immediately. The best way is to first take a combination of drugs to control the pain and then use electric stimulation and other methods of external applications to remove the pain.

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Sciatica - How Does Homeopathy Solve Your Woes?

Dr. M.Rehman 85% (90 ratings)
BHMS, Post Graduate Diploma in CPH
Homeopathy Doctor, Mumbai
Sciatica - How Does Homeopathy Solve Your Woes?

The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts from the lower part of the spine, through your hip to the back of the leg. So when it is said sciatica, we refer to pain in this nerve. Since the nerve covers the spine, hip and leg, sciatic pain is felt in the areas through which it passes. The lower leg muscles and sensation in the legs, thighs and feet are controlled by this nerve.

Symptoms usually include:

  1. Pain that radiates from the lower back to the hip and to the leg
  2. Sharp, tingling, dull, constant or burning pain
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel control
  4. Sneezing or coughing increases pain
  5. Moving the leg gets difficult so usual activities like walking, sitting and standing become painful

Homeopathic remedies are easy and gentle on the body. Homeopathy aims to boost the body's immune system so it can fight all its weaknesses. The following conditions can easily be treated by homeopathic medicines:

  1. Homeopathic medicines are taken for chronic pain in the heel or for chronic backache or when straightening the knee gets difficult as hamstrings contract. They are also taken for limping.
  2. In periosteum injuries, stiffness and deep aches in the spine, homeopathic medicines are used. They are also used for tailbone injuries. They are very helpful for nerve pains during pregnancy.
  3. If the vertebra degenerates after trauma to the spine, then homeopathic medicines can be useful.
  4. The worst back injuries with serious trauma and muscles spasms are treated with homeopathic medicines.
  5. Homeopathic medicines are suggested for tailbone injuries, temporary paralysis, spinal concussions and for sharp pain that tingles and moves upwards.
  6. If after lifting weights, overexerting muscles and exposure to anything wet, you feel tearing and burning pain, then homeopathic medicines are very beneficial. Cramps that get better after heat application, but get worse after exposed to the cold are also treated with homeopathic medicines.
  7. Stiffness and pain from back injuries, twisting the wrong way and bruises are prescribed with homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathy opts the holistic approach to treat all the patients. In this approach, the homeopath prescribes different medicines to the patients suffering from the same disease as the requirements of everyone's body remains different from others.

Peripheral Neuropathy - How To Put A Check On It?

Dr. Ramandeep S. Dang 87% (29 ratings)
MCh - Neuro Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Neurosurgeon, Delhi
Peripheral Neuropathy - How To Put A Check On It?

The sensation of pain and numbness are quite common in patients suffering from high blood sugar. If you are suffering from nerve damage from high blood sugar, chances are you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The discomfort can affect your mood and overall quality of life. But with some easy to follow steps can help you keep peripheral neuropathy under control.

  1. Keep your blood sugar levels under control: Your first task is to manage your blood sugar levels under control and with the passage of time it will damage the peripheral nerves and pave the way for diabetic neuropathy. If you can keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range, you will be able to reduce the risk of nerve damage by about 60 percent. You should talk to your doctor first since a rapid drop in the blood sugar levels can prove to be even worse.
  2. Get the right level of Vitamin D: Your skin functions by producing Vitamin D in response to sunlight and it is immensely helpful in shielding against nerve pain. It has been found people who have lower levels of this nutrient are more likely to suffer from more pain. In case it is hard to get the recommended daily intake from food only, you will have to take supplement pills.
  3. Keep away from smoking: We all know that smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict which hampers circulation. If you don’t quit smoking, your peripheral nerves may not be able to nutrient-rich blood which would make pain worse.
  4. Take a warm bath: Warm water is not just relaxing, it can also improve circulation all through the body. It can provide instant relief. But it is worthy of mention here that since diabetic neuropathy leads to loss of sensation, you should ensure that the water isn’t too hot before you jump in.
  5. Seek resort to over the counter medications: There is a host of painkillers available for easing mild to moderate ache stemming from diabetic neuropathy. These include ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen and acetaminophen. But before taking any of these pills, you should consult with an expert who can choose the right medicine for you.
  6. Get up and move: Exercise can combat pain in a variety of ways. It helps in keeping blood sugar levels under control which, in turn, can hinder nerve damage. Workout increases blood flow to the extremities while also uplifting your mood. It will help you get rid of stress so that you can better deal with the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. In a study conducted by the University of Kansas, it was found that people who exercise regularly didn’t face any trouble in doing daily activities.
  7. Consider carpal tunnel surgeryWhen the patient is suffering from localized peripheral nerve compression that affects the hands, carpal tunnel surgery can be considered as a last resort to achieve pain relief, reduced incidence of ulceration, increased range of movement and balance, preservation of limbs and improved quality of life.

With these few tips, you will be able to manage the peripheral neuropathy better.

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Sleep Deprivation & Pain - Is There A Link?

Clinical Fellowship In Pain Management, MD - Internal Medicine, Master Of Public Health (MPH), MBBS
Pain Management Specialist, Hyderabad
Sleep Deprivation & Pain - Is There A Link?

Many people across the globe are suffering from pain related to sleep disruptions. Statistics show that almost 30% of the world population suffers from pain that leads to sleep deprivation. In medical terminology, this situation is often referred as the ‘vicious cycle of pain and sleep’ wherein pain adversely affects one’s ability to sleep. Furthermore, the lack of sleep worsens the pain condition for the patient. Back pain is the most common cause of sleep disturbance related to pain. 

Common sleep disorders associated with chronic pain

  1. Insomnia: One of the most common sleep-related disruption is that of insomnia, where patient complaints of their inability to fall asleep irrespective of their exhaustion. 
  2. Hypersomnia: In this condition, patients find it difficult to keep themselves awake throughout the day, or they tend to fall asleep at any time of the day. 
  3. Sleep Apnoea: In this condition, the patient has an intermittent phase of breath hold during sleep. The risk factors associated with sleep apnoea include obesity and age. The condition can become chronic with problems like loud snoring and feeling of tiredness all the time despite a good night’s sleep. 
  4. Restless Leg Syndrome: if a person is shaking his/her leg consistently while sleeping it means they are suffering from restless leg syndrome. If the condition worsens patient may have uncontrollable leg movements even during daytime. 
  5. Apart from sleep disorders, patients suffering from chronic pain undergo depression sometimes with attempts at suicide. 

Treatment Options: 

Treatment of pain should be done under the care of pain specialist as options can be availed for treatment like nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation. Reduction in pain can drastically improve sleep and mood. Simple intake of sleeping pills is not the solution.

Chronic Pain - Are Underlying Disorders The Reason Behind It?

Dr. Amod Manocha 92% (20 ratings)
Fellow of Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMRCA), Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA), Post Gradate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Management, Diploma in Anesthesia, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Chronic Pain - Are Underlying Disorders The Reason Behind It?

Persistence of pain even after healing of an affected area after injury or ailment is known as chronic pain. Most pains lasting for more than 3-6 months can be categorized as chronic pain. Chronic pain can also be a consequence of undiagnosed underlying conditions. Chronic pain might be continuous or episodic, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain include -

1. Mild to severe pain that keeps occurring from time to time or is present continuously is often difficult to relieve.
2. Constant feelings of discomfort, stiffness, tightness or soreness in the affected area.
3. Nerve pain is often described as burning, shooting, or electric shock-like sensation.

Chronic pain usually does not occur alone and is often affects the person in more than one ways such as -

  1. Lack of sleep

  2. Fatigue

  3. Disability

  4. Mood disturbances including depression, anxietystress, irritability, etc.

Contributing factors - 

There are a number of factors that can make one prone to chronic pain. In most of the cases, the reasons behind chronic pain can be rather complex. Sometimes, even though the chronic pain begins with an illness or an injury, the ongoing pain is capable of developing into a psychological aspect even after the physical issues have been healed, thus making treatment tricky. Some of the factors that may contribute include:

  1. Underlying disorders or diseases: Certain diseases are more likely to lead to chronic pain such as osteoarthritisrheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes cancer, nerve injuries, etc.

  2. Aging: Common conditions associated with normal aging can have an effect on joints and bones, giving rise to chronic pain.

  3. Missed diagnosis and improper healing: Missed diagnosis or incomplete healing of injuries due to various factors as well as damage to nerves often leads to chronic pain.

  4. Personality type and psychological factors: Anxious or depressed people are more likely to be adversely affected by the chronic pain issues as focussing on the pain symptoms and mood disturbances can play a role in magnifying the pain symptoms.

Treatment -

Chronic pain is usually managed using a multimodal approach utilizing a combination of physical therapy, medications, physiotherapy and interventions/ injections. This approach minimizes the effect of day-to-day activities and maximizes the chances of reducing your pain. Some of the interventional techniques commonly used include:

  1. Joint injections: These are utilized for pain originating from the joints. The injections help in reducing pain, providing an opportunity to actively participate in physiotherapy

  2. Nerve blocks:  Nerve blocks are used to block pain signals from reaching the brain and hence reduce the pain.

  3. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): The target in this technique is nerves that are responsible for sending pain signals to the brain. In this technique, the radiofrequency current is passed along special needles to generate heat which reduces the capability of nerves to transmit the pain signals. This technique can produce prolonged pain relief.

  4. Regenerative medicine: This involves using your own body's healing capability to help repair the damage responsible for pain generation. This modality may involve using your own blood components or stem cells to enhance the healing.

  5. Alternative approach: These include acupuncture, massages and yoga along with other treatments from alternative medicine.

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