Nerve pain caused by a car accident can severely impact your quality of life. Many insurers and lawyers do not understand how severely nerve pain can affect your life and do not adequately value the pain and suffering caused by nerve pain. Nerve pain can be extremely difficult and complicated to treat, so for many of our clients, the affects can linger indefinitely.
What causes nerve pain?
Nerve pain is caused by damage to one of your nerves. If you have nerve pain, you may experience shooting pain, burning sensations, numbness, tingling or a combination of these symptoms. If nerve pain is not treated effectively, it can become a chronic condition.
It is not uncommon to see severe nerve pain resulting from:
- Herniated disc
- Surgical procedures
- Inflammation of the nerve
- Infectious diseases
Car accidents are a common source of damage to nerves and car accidents frequently result in disc herniation and inflammation of nerves.
What type of doctors should you rely upon to treat nerve pain and damage?
Because of the difficulty of treating nerve pain, specialized physicians across many disciplines are frequently required. It is not uncommon to have clients suffering from severe nerve damage undergo treatment from several different types of physicians or medical professionals including, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, pain neurology, anesthesiology, pain psychology and physical therapy.
How is nerve damage diagnosed?
Nerve pain and damage is best diagnosed through a comprehensive neurological examination. An MRI may be used to examine structural changes that caused damage to the nerve, an electromyography (EMG) to study the damage of the nerve's conduction, and/or a lumbar puncture – also known as a spinal tap – to see if something in your central nervous system is causing nerve pain.
How is nerve pain treated?
Treatment of nerve pain can be difficult and complex, and it is important that your medical care providers by flexible and dynamic in the treatment alternatives offered. Medication therapy can be effective. Injections, such as peripheral nerve injections and epidurals may be recommended. Spinal cord stimulation through an implanted device sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord to mask the pain. In some cases, surgery will be necessary.
Alternative therapies should also be considered. Alternative therapy for treatment of nerve damages includes acupuncture and herbal and supplemental therapies, which have shown to be effective in clinical trials. Physical therapy and nutritional therapy often have positive effects, as well.