If you have nerve pain, you know about it! This pain can feel like sudden electric shocks shooting through your body or a constant tingling. Either way, it's unpleasant and can affect your ability to live life to the fullest. Zachary Perlman, DO, is an experienced practitioner at Kai Sports Medicine LLC in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He takes an integrative approach to nerve pain, creating holistic treatment programs that address both physical and mental health. Find out more or make an appointment today — call or request an appointment online.
People usually feel pain when an outside source has caused an injury, like a burn or cut. If you have nerve pain, however, your body sends pain signals to your brain, even when there's no cause. You have three types of nerves in your body: sensory nerves, autonomic nerves, and motor nerves. Sensory nerves are responsible for nerve pain.
People with nerve pain often describe it as feeling like an electric shock. It can come on suddenly and seemingly from nowhere. Other times, nerve pain is a continuous tingling, like pins and needles.
Other signs you may have sensory nerve pain or damage include:
You can experience more than one symptom at a time, and symptoms may come and go. Many people find their nerve pain is worse at night.
If you find nerve pain is interfering with your quality of life, keep track of your symptoms, and make an appointment with Dr. Perlman.
Nerve pain and damage can occur because of injury or illness. Dr. Perlman works with you to identify the cause to provide effective, appropriate treatment. Causes of nerve pain include:
Diabetes causes nerve damage in around 50% of all people with the disease, causing numbness or a burning sensation.
Vitamins B1, B6, and B12 support a healthy nervous system. Deficiency in any of these vitamins can cause nerve pain and damage.
Crushing injuries can cause trauma to nerves. When nerves become pinched or compressed, they trigger electric-shock type and tingling pain.
Some autoimmune diseases have nerve pain as a symptom. These include lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), and inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Perlman incorporates orthopedic pain management, internal medicine, and sports medicine when treating nerve pain.
It isn't always possible to cure nerve pain, but Dr. Perlman can treat and manage pain and slow down the progression of nerve damage. He creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient that may include physical therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes, such as regulating blood sugar levels and making nutritional adjustments.
If untreated, nerve pain can prevent you from enjoying your everyday activities. Call or use the website to make an appointment with Dr. Perlman at Kai Sports Medicine LLC, and look forward to restoring your quality of life.