What is nociceptive pain?

What is nociceptive pain?

If you have heard of the term ‘nociceptive pain’, you may be wondering what it is.

Pain can come in different forms and affect different parts of the body. There are 6 main types of pain –

  • Nociceptive
  • Visceral
  • Neuropathic
  • Psychogenic
  • Idiopathic

Patients feel nociceptive pain in their soft tissues, with the help of sensory nerves or nociceptors. Examples of this nociceptive pain include arthritis, fibromyalgia, and headaches.

Types of Nociceptive Pain

Nociceptive pain includes two other types of pain: somatic and visceral.

  • Somatic Pain is felt in the skin, muscles, and soft tissues. Examples include –
    • Tension headaches
    • Arthritis
    • back pain, not caused by nerve damage

Somatic pain is tough to locate because there are so many sensory nerves.

  • Visceral Pain involves the internal organs, for example, endometriosis and IBS.

Causes of Nociceptive Pain

Nociceptive pain can be caused due to inflammation, physical pressure, or injury. Nociceptive pain can become chronic if the injury is slow-healing injury. This can make your nerves more sensitive.

Treatment of Nociceptive Pain

Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, your doctor will prescribe a customized treatment. The pain specialist will first diagnose you and identify the underlying condition that is causing pain. Your treatment may involve various modalities, such as medication management, physical therapy, steroid injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation and more.

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