Neuropathic pain can be defined as a primary lesion or a functional dysfunction in the nervous system. It usually doesnât have a specific cause and responds poorly to the treatment. It takes a long time and increase gradually, and may lead serious disability. There are many causes of neuropathic pain which can be classified according to etiology, and localization. As it is well known, neuropathic pain affects the quality of life, decreasing physical functionality and activities of daily living, and creating severe difficulties in both professional and private life. It also causes psychological problems resulting in sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. There are also some consequences associated with neuropathic pain like deterioration in sexual and marital life and family relationships which lead to social isolation. These problems increase over time, which in turn worsen the pain causing a circulus vicious. Neuropathic pain also has a bad impact on the economy such as considerable loss in working days, disability and increasing healthcare costs. Therefore, neuropathic pain must be approached as a big health problem that have to be resolved as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Physical Therapy Modalities and Rehabilitation Techniques in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain: Gulseren Akyuz and Ozge Kenis
Last date updated on June, 2014