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If you suffer from neuralgia, 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 — in fact, your natural reaction might be to crawl into bed and hope the pain goes away on its own. However, proper exercise and stretching can strengthen your back and neck, improve blood circulation and help you overcome pain and prevent future discomfort.
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 primary care physician. 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 back or neck.
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 incisions and long recovery times that can come with it, contact Laser Spine Institute. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed by our skilled surgeons involves smaller, muscle-sparing incisions that can dramatically reduce recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery.