What causes burning nerve pain?

Neuralgia, which is pain caused by injury or nerve compression, is often described as burning nerve pain. This discomfort may have a warm, electric or tingling sensation. It may also feel as if the pain travels from one part of the body to another, which is a result of pain signals following the path of a distressed nerve.

Spinal nerve compression can be caused by a variety of factors, though the most common cause is the degeneration that accompanies the natural aging process.

Nerve pain and the regions of the spine

Degenerative spine conditions that cause nerve compression and subsequent burning nerve pain may include bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, among others.

These conditions will affect each level of the spine in the following ways:

  • Cervical spine — This nerve pain may begin in the neck and travel through the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers.
  • Thoracic spine — Although it is less common than cervical or lumbar nerve pain, nerve compression in the middle back can cause pain around the rib cage, chest, kidneys and abdomen.
  • Lumbar spine — This is the most common site for spinal neuralgia to occur — tingling or electric nerve pain in the lower back usually travels through the buttocks, hips, legs and feet. Nerve pain in the lumbar spine is also referred to as sciatica.

How can I treat burning nerve pain?

If you are suffering from burning nerve pain, work with your physician to develop a conservative treatment plan. This may include hot and cold therapy, pain medication, selective nerve block injections or behavior modification, among other treatment methods.

If you’re still searching for relief after weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment, don’t lose hope — Laser Spine Institute may be able to help you.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we’ve helped more than 60,000 people find relief from spinal nerve compression and other painful spine conditions. In fact, 98 percent of our patients would recommend our procedures to a friend or loved one.

Our decompression and stabilization procedures offer a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery with shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.

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