Nerve damage can be caused by a wide range of health factors and is reported to be poorly managed and considered chronic. It is reported that up to 10% of adults have pain with neuropathic characteristics. A quarter of people with diabetes and 35% of people with HIV have neuropathic pain.1
People with neuropathic pain can experience shooting, burning sensations at any time. The body sends pain signals as if an event or injury has occurred when in many cases it hasn’t, or the injury event has long since passed. While the injury may have healed, the nerve damage has not. This can be incredibly frustrating and impact the quality of life for patients.
One of the most important approaches when treating neuropathic pain is to evaluate any underlying diseases or health conditions that might be responsible for the pain. For patients who understand that anti-depressant medications, anticonvulsants, and steroids don’t heal the issue, there is still hope using various lifestyle treatments and techniques that are proven to ease muscles.
One such treatment is a mouthful – extracorporeal shockwave therapy. This modality is used for a huge number of conditions including plantar fasciitis, tendinopathy, bursitis, and chronic stress on medium to large tendons areas. The intervention stimulates the body’s own healing process through high energy pulses that result in a shockwave. When the shockwave is focused directly on affected areas the positive effects are many! From increased circulation to dissolution of calcium deposits to new bone production and diminished pain, shockwave therapy is highly recommended as a solution for true healing.