If you experience chronic pain, you may be wondering about its root cause. This is completely understandable. If you know what is causing your pain, then you can take actionable steps toward correcting, or at least reducing the pain you’re experiencing.
Two of the more common reasons for pain are joint pain and nerve pain. You may be unfamiliar with the symptoms associated with both, and are wondering whether your pain stems from one of these two concerns.
NERVE PAIN VS JOINT PAIN
Although these are both common forms of pain, they can feel very different from each other. With joint pain, you’ll likely experience classic symptoms of inflammation in the joints like redness, swelling, tenderness and warmth. This is typically associated with arthritis, but can be the result of a number of conditions. A lot of pain that is in and around joints is due to chronic inflammation.
Anti-inflammatories are typically a method for pain reduction in these cases, although non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can have harmful side effects. That’s why Dr. Meredith Warner prefers her patients to implement natural alternatives like Tart Cherry Extract into their routine. Tart Cherry Extract can reduce inflammation in the same way as NSAIDs, but in a more gentle manner. While NSAIDs have a large and well known side-effect profile, most natural substances, derived from plants like tart cherries, do not.
If you have nerve pain, you’re likely experiencing something different. Nerve pain usually lasts for long periods of time and can range from uncomfortable to extreme pain. It can feel like a pins-and-needles sensation, tingling, or even burning. Nerve pain typically occurs in the extremities, although like joint pain, can occur most places in the body. Nerve pain comes and goes and is often unpredictable.
Nerve pain can be caused by poor blood flow, an injury or trauma (in particular to the spine,brain or nerves), a vitamin deficiency, diabetes, hereditary conditions, autoimmune conditions, medications and more.
Natural supplements like Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) can help reduce nerve pain, although sometimes treatments like a peripheral nerve stimulator are necessary for pain relief.
It’s important to seek a proper diagnosis if you believe you are affected by either one of these concerns. Schedule an appointment today at Warner Orthopedics and Wellness, where we can identify the root cause of your pain and work with you to establish a treatment plan.