Nerve Pain vs. Muscle Pain — Is there a Difference?

Muscle pain in the neck

Surprisingly, yes!

Our bodies are meant to feel some form of pain at one time or another. Whether we want to or not, that’s a different story. Pain can come from a sprained ankle after a run, a burned finger from the stove top or the nagging pain of a headache after a long day of work. Pain is pain and it is not fun.

But, what about nerve pain versus muscle pain? Are we able to tell the difference?

Nerve Pain

  • Burning, tingling, pins and needles, numbness, sharp sensation
  • The pain tends to be chronic pain (lasting for 6 months or more)
  • Usually resides in arms, hands, legs and feet
  • Affects diabetic, chemotherapy and orthopedic patients

Muscle Pain

  • Tender, throbbing, stiffness sensation
  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Often caused by injury or inflammation
  • The pain is generally short-term pain
  • Affects athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or individuals straining their neck on the computer

It’s important to note that one of the biggest differences between nerve pain and muscle pain is chronic pain. Chronic pain is ongoing and constant. The damaged tissue that causes nerve pain often leads to chronic pain, leaving many patients to endure long-lasting side effects.

There are various options when it comes to relieving nerve pain or muscle pain there are various options. If you are suffering with muscle pain you may want to consider stretching (it may hurt at first), walking or exercising. Your body will tell you how far to push it.

Nerve pain on the other hand isn’t as simple, but there are options. Walking, stretching and exercises such as swimming or cycling work just as well. Additionally, eating a healthy diet such as vegan or gluten free can help. You may also find pain relief through INF™ treatment. INF™ involves three different holds to alleviate pressure and improve blood flow in the hands and feet.

What do you have to lose…just your pain?

Are you suffering from nerve pain?

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy induced by diabetes, chemotherapy or other causes we offer a breakthrough treatment that can help you.

Loma Linda University Health offers a proven physical therapy treatment technique called Intraneural Facilitation or INF.™ See immediate results after your first session and join thousands of patients experiencing significant or complete relief.

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