Neuralgia is the pain that occurs after damage or irritation to a nerve. In addition to a chronic or intermittent sharp pain along the nerve, you may also experience increased sensitivity or numbness in the affected area.

Neuralgias can occur anywhere in the body, but are especially common along the spine. Degeneration of muscles and joints, infections, congenital conditions, diabetes, trauma, and any pressure on the nerves by vessels, bones or tumors, can result in neuralgic pain. Two of the most common types of neuralgias are postherpetic neuralgia and shingles. In some cases, the pain may fade over time, but persistent or severe cases require medical attention. Neuralgia can be difficult to diagnose because there are a large number of conditions that have similar pain symptoms.

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients suffering with neuralgic pain and other chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.


Fact sheet: Trigeminal Neuralgia Information Page A publication by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Fact Sheet: PostHerpethic Neuralgia FAQs A publication by the National Shingles Foundation.
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