Nerve Pain Treatments

Pain Management & Spine Specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nerve Pain services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Nerves are essential to many of your body’s vital functions and provide a critical warning system for tissue damage. If you have malfunctioning nerves that are causing unnecessary pain, contact the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their pain management experts provide sophisticated nerve pain treatments for conditions varying from trigeminal neuralgia to diabetic peripheral neuropathy. For superior nerve pain treatment, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center today or request an appointment via the online form.

Nerve Pain Q&A

What is nerve pain?

Nerve pain (also called neuropathic pain) occurs when something damages the peripheral nerves. These nerves extend throughout your body, forming a vast network spreading from the spinal cord.

The peripheral nerves relay messages to and from your brain. Your brain sends signals instructing your nerves to activate muscles and perform other functions. The nerves also send information to your brain, providing sensory information that translates as feelings such as pain or pleasure.

Nerve damage or dysfunction can result in pain that often radiates into nearby tissues along the path of the affected nerve. So a damaged nerve in your neck could cause pain that travels through your shoulders and down your arms.

Other symptoms that can accompany nerve pain include:

  • Prickling
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Reduced function
  • Loss of reflexes

These symptoms vary depending on which nerves are involved.

What causes nerve damage?

Nerve pain can result from acute damage, including sports injuries, falls, and auto accidents. Many diseases also cause nerve pain, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes (diabetic peripheral neuropathy)
  • Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lyme disease
  • Shingles
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Inherited disorders like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Noncancerous growths
  • Bone marrow disorders like myeloma and lymphoma
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Alcoholism
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Often, treatments cause nerve pain. For example, standard cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, can cause peripheral neuropathy. Some people develop nerve pain for no identifiable reason (idiopathic neuropathy).

The Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team might use a CT scan, MRI, or skin biopsy to diagnose the cause of your nerve pain.

How is nerve pain treated?

After diagnosing the cause of your nerve pain, the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team prepares a suitable treatment program that addresses the causes (where possible) as well as the symptoms.

Treating diseases like hypothyroidism, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes is vital to reduce nerve damage and pain. Depending on your condition, your program might also contain treatments such as:

  • Over-the-counter topical creams
  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Antidepressants (these have pain-relieving properties at low doses)
  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation

Intrathecal pain pump implantation might be necessary if no other treatment relieves severe nerve pain.

If you have nerve pain, get a prompt diagnosis and expert treatment at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.