Thank you for joining me again this evening for our nightly podcasts. I perform these podcasts in the hopes that you will be able to education yourself on the topics discussed so you can make better informed medical decisions regarding your health in the future. I am doctor Harrison Campbell of Restoration Health a premier sugar land chiropractors office. Previously we discussed neuralgia and the condition which can irritate the nerve. Tonight we will branch off this topic and cover more the nerve itself during this condition known as neuralgia.
To start we will look at the physiology of the nerve and dive into the the stages of the neurological symptoms we experience when this nerve is irritate. We mention previously the symptoms associated with neuralgia and nerve pain as having a pins and needles sensation. As sugar land chiropractors know this is the first stage of neuralgia. This is when the nerve is just starting to be irritated. It is the initial warning that there is a problem which needs to be addressed. Unfortunately most people ignore this stage and chalk it up to sleeping wrong or just having a stinger and it will go away.
While this can quote unquote go away on its own this is not the norm and the problem should be addressed. The problem in this case is what we discussed previously. Either a disc is irritating the nerve root, there is a muscle impinging on the nerve due to muscle spasm or being tight, or inflammation is irritating the nerve. Regardless of the cause the condition needs to be evaluated and treat with the skills of sugar land chiropractors through rehabilitation and treatment.
This pins and needles stage is called such due to how patients often describe the symptoms. There is a faint tingling along the path of the nerve. There is typically very little pain or no pain associated with this stage depending on the cause of the injury to begin with. With this pins and needles there is usually no actual decrease in sensory perception when tested. The nerve will still function as it should and relay the information not the brain. Do not be fooled into thinking this reduces the severity of the problem. This is the first stage of a condition which will continue to get worse as time passes if left untreated.
The next stage of this condition is numbness and tingling. This is the stage where depending on the mechanisms of injury there is pain associated with the root cause of the injury. This is the stage where sugar land chiropractors can detect sensory decreases with the their examination. The describe a decrease or loss of sensation is hard for people who have never experienced such a sensation. The best way to describe this is by relating it to your leg or hand when it is asleep. You can feel that the arm of hand is there but there is a decreased of sensation to touch or temperature. The tingling feels like a bunch of ants crawling on the skin is an often accurate description of the situation.
This is where most people will come to accept that there is a problem. However a good portion will still ignore the warning signs and continue on as they were. Please take your health serious and schedule an appointment to speak with sugar land chiropractors about what needs to be done to correct the problem. Call Restoration Health today if you are experiencing these symptoms, we would love to be able to help you.
Moving on from numbness and tingling is complete loss of sensation. This is what most people associate with a limb being asleep. There is no sensation what so ever, the only reason you know the hand or leg is there is being you can feel the weight or the limb. At this stage there is only on occasion a tingling sensation. An injury resulting in this level of pain is often painful and requires immediate treatment. Nerve are sensitive and damage to a nerve does not heal quickly nor does it always heal back to one hundred percent depending on the length of time the nerve was under this condition. At this stage sugar land chiropractors are looking at full rehabilitation including exercises, decompression of the spine, manual therapy to reduce muscle spasm etcetera based on the injury which is resulting in these symptoms.
The final stage is when muscle weakness comes into play. At this point everyone knows there is a problem and most are seeking a path to help alleviate the problem. With muscle weakness there is a loss of motor control to the muscles enervated by the affected nerve. As sugar land chiropractors know this is the final stage of neuralgia. This is when we have moved beyond the tingling to have sensory and motor problems with the nerve. Rehabilitation will be needed to help strengthen the muscle which is being affected once we can restore motor function.
Exercises combined with the other therapy required will be a necessity at this point. At Restoration Health we often see these types of injuries due to disc herniating, but have also encounter them from people who had previous back or neck injuries which were never treated properly from the start. Therefore when the problem starts please create an appointment with Restoration Health so we can jump on the problem before is develops to the point of loss of motor control or no sensation.
Thank you for joining me again this evening for another great podcast. I hope you enjoyed the discussion on neuralgia and the physiology of the nerve as it undergoes this condition. As always should you or someone you know require a sugar land chiropractors services or simply have more questions on what was discussed please call Restoration Health today. We would love to schedule you an appointment and get you on the path to better health today. Thank you once again for joining us. Have a good night.