What is nociceptive and neuropathic pain?




All pain is experienced through the nerves in the body, it depends on whether soft tissues have been damaged or a nerve is being directly compressed or stretched, leading to pain and other sensory and /or power deficits.


If muscles, tendons and ligaments are damaged, then nerves next to these structures send a message up to the brain to be interpreted as painful, or not painful (nociceptive pain). This type of pain is often described as sharp, achey, dull, or throbbing.


True nerve pain is felt when there is direct damage and inflammation to a nerve itself (neuropathic). This pain is often described as sharp and stabbing in nature, like an electric shock. You may also experience symptoms of pins and needles, numbness and/or power loss in the arms or legs.


With any diagnosis, it is crucial to understand where symptoms are originating from so a treatment plan can but put together for your recovery.