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Is Winter Getting on Your NERVES?

When the cold weather starts to set in, you can start to notice your hands and feet shying away from the cold, but what happens when they start to feel more than just cold – what if the sensations start to feel stronger and more unsettling?

Nerve pain, neuralgia or neuropathic pain, is a common health condition where the signals being carried to the brain, starts to get altered. This type of pain can feel very different to the usual muscular or joint pains, and can be distressing for the individual.

How do I know if I have nerve pain?

The symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary from each individual, but are commonly reported feeling like:

  • Burning

  • Shooting

  • Stabbing pains

  • Electric shocks

  • Increased sensitivity to changes in temperatures

  • Increased sensitivity to light touch

Nerve pain can often be a result of pre-existing medical conditions such as Diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, some medications, or even vitamin deficiences. Interestingly, nerve pain accompanied by muscle pain is a very common presentation, and can suggest a possible impingement cause. In some severe cases, nerve pain can be accompanied by muscle weakness, and loss of control of bowel/bladder movements.

What can I do about it?

You may have been to the doctors where they might have prescribed you a cocktail of moderate to strong painkillers to help battle the symptoms, but long term use of these medications can have significant side effects and even cause dependency.

But... There is a better way!

Manual therapy can often be a safer, and more effective for tissue desensitisation. Physiotherapists are the best port of call where we can offer assessments, a variety of treatment options, and education on what your symptoms mean and how to prevent them from returning in the future.

The longer you wait to get treated, the longer the symptoms may persist.

Your symptoms may be new, and can be distressing, but don't fret, we are here to help you! Just book a consultation with Physio Physique today, and give yourself peace of mind!

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