Got a herniated disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc? Read this key information on compressive neuropathy.
If you suffer from compressive neuropathy (a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc), you already know that chronic back pain is one of the worst kinds of pain in existence.
When your back hurts, you just can’t get comfortable in any position and it seems like the pain will never stop no matter what you do.
You may have been told that your back pain is due to misalignment of your spine. But it’s more complex than that. The back pain you are experiencing is most likely due to compressive neuropathy, a type of peripheral nerve damage that can result in a host of unpleasant symptoms. For example:
- Cold or a burning sensation in the legs or feet, typically on only one side of your body
- Leg or foot tingling or numbness that is persistent
- Muscle spasms
- Sudden shooting pain like an electric shock
These pain sensations, over time, can lead to psychological problems as well. Many people with compressive neuropathy experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, and difficulty functioning in their everyday lives. You may not be able to continue working at your job or to spend social time with friends and family due to your pain.
Nerve damage like this can often be relieved with appropriate treatment. On the other hand, if left untreated, compressive neuropathy can become permanent damage with severe quality of life implications.
What are the main goals of professional treatment for compressive neuropathy?
The first goal is always pain relief. After that, treatment should address numbness or weakness in the low back, legs, and feet due to the impact of these areas on general mobility. Another goal is to prevent any future injuries that can worsen the existing nerve damage.
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