Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, is a type of pain that occurs as a result of damage or injury to the nerves.
It is characterized by a burning, shooting, or tingling sensation and can be caused by a variety of conditions.
Treatment for nerve pain can vary depending on the underlying cause but the main approach of physiotherapy to help manage nerve pain is to provide exercises to improve strength and flexibility, as well as treatment to provide relief and address secondary issues caused by the irritated nerve.
The most common presentation of nerve pain is sciatica
Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that occurs as a result of irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and into each leg. Sciatica can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Pain: Pain is usually felt in the lower back and down one leg, and can be described as a dull ache or sharp pain.
- Numbness or tingling: Numbness or tingling may be felt in the affected leg.
- Weakness: Weakness may be felt in the affected leg and foot.