Neuropathy; Isolated mononeuritis
The goal of treatment is to allow you to use the affected body part as much as possible.
The cause of the mononeuropathy should be identified and treated as appropriate. Sometimes, no treatment is needed and you will get better on your own.
High blood pressure and diabetes can injure an artery, which can often affect a single nerve. The underlying condition should be treated.
Corticosteroids injected into the area may reduce
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine may be needed to control pain (
- Prescription medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, phenytoin, carbamazepine, or antidepressants such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline, or duloxetine may be used to reduce stabbing pains. Whenever possible, avoid or minimize the use of these drugs to reduce the risk of medication side effects.
- Physical therapy exercises to maintain muscle strength
- Orthopedic braces,
splints, or other appliances
- Vocational counseling, occupational therapy, occupational changes, job retraining
Mononeuropathy may be disabling and painful. If the cause of the nerve dysfunction can be found and successfully treated, a full recovery is possible and even likely in some cases.
The amount of disability varies from no disability to partial or complete loss of movement or sensation.
- Deformity, loss of tissue mass
- Medication side effects
- Repeated or unnoticed injury to the affected area due to lack of sensation