Alternative treatments for nerve pain

Nerve pain, or neuralgia, is pain that travels along a nerve. Someone experiencing neuralgia will feel shooting pains in the area of the affected nerve and potentially weakness, numbness, and tingling down the arms or legs. There can be many causes of nerve pain, but a very common cause is nerve compression due to a condition in the spine.

There are a large number of surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for nerve pain. In addition to following a course of conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy, some patients seek out alternative treatments for nerve pain. There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from personal beliefs to wanting to explore every option for relief. It is important to keep your primary care doctor informed of any new treatments you include in your care plan to make sure they are compatible with your health status and existing therapies.

Specific alternative treatments for nerve pain

Alternative treatments are usually characterized as being outside traditional course of medical care. . And while there may be debate among doctors and medical researchers about these methods, many patients report finding relief from nerve pain by complementing their conventional treatment with alternative options like the ones below. Along with keeping your doctor informed, you should also ensure any practitioner you consult is a licensed, reputable professional in their field. Here are some popular alternative treatments:

  • Herbal remedies. Natural medicine like St. John’s wort, vervain and peppermint have been used to treat nerve pain. Many of these can be taken internally as a pill or used topically in its oil form. Consult with a professional herbalist to determine treatments that may be best for your specific condition.
  • Acupuncture. This ancient Chinese treatment involves the insertion of tiny steel needles into specific points along energy channels in the body, usually near nerves. Acupuncture may rebalance or unblock those energy channels in an effort to rid the body of illnesses.
  • Mindfulness meditation. There is evidence that putting the mind into a relaxed state and focusing on breathing body awareness can help ease symptoms of nerve pain.
  • Chiropractic medicine. Spinal adjustments realign the vertebrae with the goal of relieving compressed nerves.

Another option

While many patients find relief from a conservative and alternative treatments for nerve pain, others will start to consider nerve decompression surgery if weeks or months of treatment do not bring relief. If you are considering a traditional open spine surgery but have concerns about hospitalization, risk of complication and long recovery time involved, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery involves a muscle-sparing, less than 1-inch incision resulting in an outpatient experience, a shorter recovery time^ as well as less risk of complication than traditional open spine procedures.

Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* that can help you determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.