Nerve damage can cause sharp pain that is difficult to manage without treatment, and can persist for months or years causing endless discomfort and irritation. At Interventional Medical Associates, we offer nerve pain treatments to the residents of Gainesville, Newberry, Alachua, and those in the surrounding areas of north and central Florida.
What Causes Nerve Pain?
Nerve pain is typically caused by damage to a nerve. Nerve damage can occur as a result of serious diseases, such as cancer or diabetes. However, nerve damage can also arise without any apparent cause. Our nerves are supposed to send signals to the brain, alerting it of sensations including temperature and pain. When nerves are damaged, they can no longer function properly. This means they send incorrect signals to the brain, sometimes triggering a pain response in the brain for no reason.
How Does an Epidural Injection Help Nerve Pain?
If you have nerve damage in the spinal region, you will likely experience pain throughout the back and sometimes in the legs, neck and shoulders. The spine contains many nerves, making it a common source of nerve damage. For nerve damage in and around the spine, we usually recommend epidural injections. This is an injection placed into the roots of the spinal nerves, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain.
How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Help Nerve Pain?
Radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to target the damaged nerves responsible for causing pain. With the help of digital x-rays, we are able to pinpoint the damaged nerves without harming any of the surrounding tissue or nerves in the body. Then, the nerves are heated to block them and prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain. This technique is most often used for pain in the neck, back, and joints, although it is a viable option in most instances of nerve damage.
Nerve pain can occur anywhere in the body, causing a misfiring of pain signals to the brain. If you are experiencing pain as a result of nerve damage or inflammation, contact us today to schedule a consultation for nerve pain treatment. Interventional Medical Associates serves patients living in Gainesville, Newberry, Alachua, and in the surrounding areas of north and central Florida.