Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition treated at the Center for Pain Management. Sometimes called neuropathic pain syndrome, patients often describe having “shooting pain” or “burning pain”. Is you pain associated with numbness or “pins and needles”? Does you pain radiate or shoot into your arms or legs? If so, you may have what is termed “neuropathic pain”.

Neuropathic pain is often described as burning, electric, shooting, or stabbing, and is associated with injury to or irritation of a nerve. This can result from direct pressure to a nerve as when disc material or a bone spur in the spine presses on a nerve or when a nerve is entrapped in scar tissue following surgery. Inflammation in the area of a nerve can also chemically irritate a nerve causing neuropathic pain. Some conditions such as diabetes and some medications including chemotherapy agents can cause pathological changes in nerve tissue resulting in neuropathic pain.

Examples of neuropathic pain include radiculopathy, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD).

Causes of neuropathic pain in the low back include disc problems, spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, and scar tissue following surgery. Other causes of neuropathic pain throughout the body include diabetes, nerve injury due to trauma, chemotherapy, nerve entrapment syndromes, and viral infections.

Neuropathic pain treatment often requires a combination of medications and/or nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy.

Contact the Center for Pain Management, experts in treating neuropathic pain.

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