Nocioceptive pain (or nociceptive pain) is one of the many chronic pain conditions treated at the Center for Pain Management. We have locations in Indianapolis, Greenwood and Lafayette where our pain management physicians, clinical pain specialists and medical staff offer extensive experience treating this serious pain disorder.
Learn About Nocioceptive Pain (also known as Nociceptive Pain)
Patients with nocioceptive pain (sometimes called nociceptive pain) often describe their experience as:
- “aching pain”
- “throbbing pain”
- “localized neck pain”
- “low back pain”
Nocioceptive pain is the result of stimulation of receptors within structures including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the outer layers of the disc. Receptors are specialized nerve cells that fire in response to a particular stimulus. For example , certain receptors fire in response to pressure, cold or stretching. Nocioceptors are receptors that are sensitive to stimuli that can potentially or actually cause damage to body tissues. The perception of pain when these receptors are triggered by heat, trauma, pressure, inflammation, lack of oxygen etc. alerts the person that body tissues have been damaged or are in danger of being damaged.
Examples of diagnoses involving nocioceptive pain in the low back include spondylosis (degenerative joint and /or disc disease), facet joint dysfunction, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, spondylolisthesis, myofascial pain (trigger points), compression fractures, sprains, and traumatic fractures. These can be caused by trauma, acute injury, chronic postural stress, osteoarthritis and autoimmune disease.
Nocioceptive pain treatments often include injections into the involved areas including blocking the nerves that supply the facet joints, injections into the sacroiliac joints, and trigger point injections. In addition, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications, along with physical therapy, may be helpful for nocioceptive pain management.
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