Burning nerve pain causes

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. Learn more about the location of burning nerve pain in the spine and the treatment options for the debilitating symptoms associated with this condition.

Burning nerve pain and the regions of the spine

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

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 doctor 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, contact Laser Spine Institute to see if our minimally invasive spine surgery may be able to help relieve your burning nerve pain.

Our decompression and stabilization procedures offer a safer and effective alternative compared to traditional open back surgery through a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complication.^ The team of dedicated surgeons at Laser Spine Institute uses a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to provide lasting relief from burning nerve pain.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from spinal nerve compression and other painful spine conditions. We also have a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our advanced outpatient procedures.