Neuropathic Pain Specialist

Source Healthcare

Spine, Sports, & Pain Medicine Center & Interventional Orthopedic and Surgical Pain Medicine Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

If you have nerve damage or compression, you may suffer neuropathic pain and related symptoms such as tingling and numbness. The team at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, provides an expert diagnosis for neuropathic pain as well as state-of-the-art treatments to restore your quality of life at their pain management center. Call Source Healthcare or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Neuropathic Pain Q & A

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition caused by nerve damage or compression. The pain is usually sharp, stabbing, or shooting, and you may feel a burning sensation. Neuropathic pain can also cause numbness, loss of sensation, weakness, and balance problems. 

What causes neuropathic pain?

Many factors and conditions lead to neuropathic pain. Some of the common causes of neuropathic pain include:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Surgery
  • Viral infections
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Benign tumors
  • Vascular health problems
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Alcoholism

You may also develop neuropathic pain with conditions such as arthritis and thyroid disease. Additionally, conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and herniated discs can cause neuropathic pain.

How is neuropathic pain diagnosed?

The doctors at Source Healthcare provide comprehensive consultations and testing to identify and locate the cause of your pain. During your exam, your doctor asks about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle, and feels your spine and limbs for signs of abnormality or disease. 

Your doctor may suggest an X-ray, MRI, or nerve conduction studies to gather more information about your condition.

How is neuropathic pain treated?

Your doctor at Source Healthcare provides a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Depending on your condition, your program may include:

  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Facet blocks
  • Facet rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Coolief* (cooled radiofrequency ablation)
  • Pulsed radiofrequency
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator

Many of these treatments are designed to stop pain signals from traveling between the compromised nerve and your brain. If a nerve block provides temporary relief of your neuropathic pain, your doctor may recommend a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). 

Spinal cord stimulators are implantable devices that send a mild electrical current into the malfunctioning nerve to block pain signals from traveling to your brain. It’s a drug-free treatment that often eliminates pain. 

Your doctor provides a trial of a spinal cord stimulator to ensure its effectiveness and fine-tune the strength of the current before permanently implanting the device in your back.

You may also benefit from anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). 

If you’re concerned about neuropathic pain, call Source Healthcare or schedule an appointment online today.