- Risk Factors
If you suffer from neuralgia, also known as chronic nerve pain, there are exercises that can offer significant pain relief when done correctly. Exercise is probably not the first thing you think of when you’re suffering from nerve pain. However, through the proper exercises and stretching techniques described below, you can strengthen your neck and back, improve blood circulation, help overcome pain and prevent discomfort in the future.
Types of neuralgia exercises
When starting an exercise plan or any new form of treatment for neuralgia pain, it is important to seek the guidance of your doctor. Overdoing a workout or targeting the wrong muscles could make your symptoms worse. However, a carefully planned exercise schedule can be very effective at treating the symptoms of neuralgia by strengthening the muscles in your neck or back. Another benefit of regular exercise is that it can contribute to weight loss, further reducing pressure on the spine.
Here are some of the neuralgia exercises that may be recommended by your doctor:
- Range-of-motion exercises
- Stretching classes
Other potential neuralgia treatments
While it can be effective, exercise alone is not a complete solution for neuralgia pain. Neuralgia can occur throughout the body and be caused by something as simple as a muscle strain or by a more complex condition like a herniated disc in the spine. Designing an effective treatment plan requires accounting for all the variables that are causing your symptoms.
Neuralgia exercises, as part of a comprehensive nonsurgical treatment plan, can be effective for relieving the symptoms of nerve compression. In fact, many patients experience lasting relief and a return to normal activity without ever requiring surgery. Spine surgery for neuralgia is an effective option but is usually considered a treatment of last resort, when conservative options run out.
If you are a candidate for open back surgery but are concerned about the large 6- to 8-inch incision and two- to five-day hospital stay that can come with it, contact Laser Spine Institute. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed by our board-certified+ surgeons involves less than 1-inch muscle-sparing incisions that can dramatically reduce recovery time and the risk of complication^ compared to traditional open back surgery.
Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 100,000 patient procedures, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To treat neuralgia, a minimally invasive decompression or stabilization procedure may be used to ease the pressure placed on the compressed nerve near the spine. Find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery today by reaching out to a member of our dedicated team and asking for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.