What is nerve pain
In the case of nerve compression/irritation the lower cervical nerves and lower lumbar nerves (where the most weight bearing joints are located) tend to be the most compromised.
Nerves are the messengers feeding the muscles so that if a nerve is irritated for any reason increased sensitivity or weakness can be reported.
Sciatica is usually the result of a disc prolapse ‘slipped disc’
Brachial neuralgia is the equivalent to sciatica but found in the arm.
Symptoms of this condition
- Limb pain is the main or dominant pain compared to the back or neck pain.
- Spinal movements produce limb pain e.g. in lumbar nerve root pain (‘sciatica’) bending down to touch your toes causes the pain to go to the leg
- In brachial neuralgia (nerve root pain in the arm) turning the neck towards the painful side can increase the arm pain
- Nerve function tests e.g. power, reflex and sensory tests help identify which nerve is likely to be the one that is causing the pain
- The only situation that is considered an emergency is where a patient reports loss of sensation between the legs and around the buttocks, loss of control of the bowels/bladder is a medical emergency, but fortunately this is rare
Treatments we provide for nerve pain
- Foraminal gapping
- Moderate daily living activties