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Neuralgia also known as nerve pain is a condition that is characterised by severe pain that comes from the nerve. Physiotherapy is a valuable method that can aid symptoms associated with neuralgia / nerve pain.

There are two main types of neuralgia; Other types of neuralgia include;
  • Glossopharyngeal – affects throat, tonsils, tongue and part of the ear
  • Occipital – affects upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes
Physiotherapy uses a variety of treatment methods and activities that will help minimisesymptomsand improve everyday functions that may have been affected by neuralgia.

Use of stretches maintained with splints can help reduce painful symptomsAbove: Use of stretches maintained with splints can help reduce painful symptoms

Causes of neuralgia / nerve pain

Neuralgia is caused by pressure or inflammation of the affected nerves: These disruptions of the nerves may be a result of a number of factors including;
  • Chemical irritation
  • Diabetes
  • Infections, such as shingles, syphilis, and Lyme disease
  • Porphyria – group of metabolic disorders affecting nerves and skin
  • Certain medication
  • Pressure on nerves by nearby structures (e.g. blood vessels or tumours)
  • Swelling and irritation (inflammation)
  • Trauma (including surgery)
  • Chronic renal insufficiency
Symptoms associated with neuralgia / nerve pain can vary significantly in characteristics, frequency and severity among sufferers and some people may develop other unrelated symptoms. There are a variety of treatment options for neuralgia / nerve pain. Physiotherapy is a very effective method that aims to help significantly relief some of the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Mobilisations of the thoracic vertebrea to relieve pain and stiffnessAbove: Mobilisations of the thoracic vertebrea to relieve pain and stiffness

What physiotherapy treatment will I receive for neuralgia / nerve pain?

Whether you are suffering from severe or mild bouts of neuralgia, physiotherapy is an effective method of treatment that aims to relieve symptoms, reduce your pain and restore function in the affected areas. has specialist physiotherapists who will provide you with a thorough assessment which aims to reproduce the pain in order to help identify the precise cause of your neuralgia. Following your comprehensive assessment, your physiotherapist will begin developing a personal physiotherapy programme that will focus on improving the problems you have been experiencing. therapy uses a variety of activities that help to ease any discomfort as well as improve function, quality of life and general well-being. Your physiotherapy will include: The success of your physiotherapy programme with will highly depend on your commitment and adherence to the activities and advice provided by your physiotherapist.


Neuralgia / nerve pain is a pain that comes from problems with signals from the nerves. Neuralgia can be one of two types; trigeminal neuralgia and postherpetic neuralgia. Causes of neuralgia include trauma, chemical irritation, diabetes and medication. Symptoms primarily include mild or severe pain in affected area that may constant or intermittent. Symptoms can vary significantly in characteristics. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment method it offers a variety of strategies that aim to ease symptoms which are associated with neuralgia. Specialist physiotherapists at will focus on reducing pain, increasing mobility and improving everyday activities that may have been affected by neuralgia. Call now on 0330 088 7800 for more information or to book an appointment please contact us. You can also book an appointment online today!

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