Neuropathy, neuritis, neuralgia - diagnosis and therapy

How is the diagnosis made?

Due to the typical symptoms of the affected nerve is usually quickly identified. The cause research is often tedious and does not always lead to success. Depending on the results of the physical examination and suspected trigger further tests follow, such as blood tests, computer or MRI, muscle and nerve function, electrophysiological diagnosis or X-ray of the vessels.

Which therapy is there?

As numerous as the triggers are the treatment methods - therefore, only a rough overview can be given here. Where possible, the cause is addressed; In addition, an attempt is made to relieve the symptoms. In some cases, surgical intervention must also be considered.

For the acute or chronic pain especially drugs are used - in addition to the usual weak to strong painkillers also antidepressants, antiepileptics, radical scavengers (alpha-lipoic acid) and local anesthetics. Depending on the pain in the nerves, therapy with electricity (TENS = transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is also successfully used.

In addition, physiotherapeutic measures, relaxation and psychotherapeutic procedures are used.

Alternative treatments

Frequently, especially with chronic nerve pain, good results can be achieved with the help of alternative methods. Typically, the following methods are used:

  • acupuncture
  • homeopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Feldenkrais
  • biofeedback
  • Oxygen multistep therapy
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