Burning pain or burning sensation is a distinct type of pain usually associated with impacted or damaged nerves. This sensation can affect any part of the body and vary in intensity depending on the triggering factors. It is vital to evaluate the source of the pain as it can give a good indication of its cause.
Causes of Burning Pain
Depending on the location and type of burning pain, the causes can vary significantly. While usually associated with nerve damage, other conditions such as injuries, infections, and autoimmune disorders can also cause a burning sensation. Here are some of the most common conditions and illnesses associated with burning pain:
Sciatica refers to the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, a long nerve that extends from the lower back, down the buttocks, and into each leg. Sciatica often occurs due to the nerve’s compression, which commonly results from herniated bone spurs, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
More than a condition, neuropathy is a disorder that occurs as a result of various factors, including injuries and medical conditions. This disorder impedes the proper function of the nerves, often causing pain when there is no triggering source or by not sending signals to the brain and preventing feeling when there is actual stimulus.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by the compression of the median nerve. The median nerve is responsible for providing sensory feedback to all fingers except the pinky. This nerve, which runs the length of the arm, goes through a small passage near the palm of your hand called the carpal tunnel.
Radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve, is when injured or damaged intervertebral discs cause nerves to become compressed and irritated in the spine. The spine is a bone structure that supports our bodies and contains staked vertebrae cushioned by soft tissue called discs, preventing friction.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a widespread chronic condition that affects the muscles and bones, causing hypersensitivity to pain and external stimuli. Experts believe that fibromyalgia can modify the way our brain and spinal cord receive and process physical signals and amplify them.
Diagnosing Burning Pain
In order to correctly identify and diagnose the source of your burning pain, our physicians will gather your symptoms and conduct a series of examinations during your visit. The first step is to perform a thorough physical exam and carefully evaluate your medical and family history. In addition, your doctor may suggest getting blood work, x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to best single out your condition.
Burning Pain Treatment & Relief
At Principle Spine & Pain, we offer various minimally invasive procedures designed to help you manage your pain and regain control of your life. We strive to provide you with a personalized treatment plan that meets all of your needs. Our team of interventional pain specialists possesses decades of extensive experience in a wide range of conditions and is uniquely qualified to treat them. If you or anyone you know is currently suffering from burning pain, we highly encourage you to contact our team today.