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Medical Treatment for Numbness

The Medical Director at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R doctors are also known as Physiatrists; this type of doctor focuses on the non-surgical treatment of a number of conditions, including chronic illnesses, injury, acute and chronic pain, and musculoskeletal conditions.

In order to determine a course of treatment for numbness, the first step is to complete a comprehensive orthopedic and neurological diagnosis. The Physiatrist at our Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, & Lacey NJ office would then act as the head of a team of practitioners to create a rehabilitation plan that may include any of the following:

Physical Therapy, including ultrasound, heat and cold therapies, electric stimulation, and Power Plate vibration therapy;

Low Level Laser Therapy;

Spinal Decompression Traction;

Acupuncture; and

Spinal Manipulation.

For example, numbness is often experienced in patients with sciatica (the term used to describe the compression, irritation, and inflammation of the sciatic nerve). Physical therapy, traction, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation may be used to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and alleviate pain and numbness. In some cases, Epidural Steroid Injections may be used to reduce inflammation in the spinal nerves.