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What Are the Different Types of Nerve Damage Treatment?

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While nerve damage is considered by many to be untreatable, the pain and immobility associated it can often be managed. Some of the most common types of nerve damage treatment include the use of medications, physical therapy, or blood sugar management. Those suffering from nerve damage must often use a variety of treatments in order to ensure the best results. Individuals who are seeking nerve damage treatment should make sure that the primary cause of the damage has been identified and treated before management can begin. Failure to do so can result in continued or renewed nerve damage.

To determine which type of nerve damage treatment is best, an evaluation of the cause of the condition is often necessary. Often, nerve damage is caused by cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and diseases affecting motor neurons. Identifying these conditions and treating them is necessary to avoid further complications and prevent further nerve deterioration.

Nerve damage treatment often includes the use of prescription medications. Often, medications intended specifically for pain are used in the treatment of the condition. In other cases, anti-depressants may be more effective. Studies have found that anti-depressants are very effective in the treatment of nerve damage. Individuals who use prescription medications in the treatment of nerve damage must do so under the supervision of a physician or pharmacist in order to ensure the best results.

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Physical therapy is often recommended. This form of nerve damage treatment is not only an effective way to reduce pain, but also can improve range of motion and make daily activities more manageable. Individuals who participate in physical therapy may have to wait several weeks or even months before results become evident. While improvements can be slow in developing, they are often more substantial than those seen through the use of medications alone.

Nerve damage related to uncontrolled diabetes can be treated through lowered blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels can be regulated through the use of exercise, properly administered insulin, and good nutrition. In some cases, prescription medications may be required for the treatment of diabetes-related nerve damage.

Homeopathic treatments may be effective for some individuals. Acupuncture is a popular form of nerve damage treatment, along with meditation and hypnosis. Those who engage in these activities may want to consult with their physician before attempting them in order to make sure they are healthy enough for participation.

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I was shot in the knee twenty years ago and the projectile was not removed. This past March I developed nerve damage that cause my leg to collapse from under me.

Since then my knee endures hot/cold spells, the front of my leg becomes numb and at times prickly pain shoots from the bottom of my foot encompassing my entire leg up to my patella. Please inform me about any therapy that can bring me the smallest amount of relief.

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