Radiating Pain: Getting to the Root of Pain
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on November 30th, 2020
Getting to the Root of Radiating Pain
When a body part is injured, surrounding nerves send signals to the brain, which recognizes pain in the injured area. However, because all the nerves in the body are connected, pain signals can spread throughout your body. The pain can move along the nerve’s pathway, causing discomfort in other areas of your body that are supplied by that nerve. The result is radiating pain.
Common causes of radiating pain down the leg include radiculopathy (pinched nerve), sciatica, herniated disc, spinal stenosis or bone spurs. Pain that radiates to your chest or back may be caused by a thoracic herniated disc, ulcers, acute pancreatitis or gallstones. For pain that radiates down the arm, a cervical herniated disc or even a heart attack could be to blame. Radiating pain can have many causes and, in some cases, may indicate a serious underlying condition. This is why it is so important to get to the root of the specific cause of your radiating pain and design a treatment plan to address it.
Our physical therapists don’t just work to resolve pain, they are also experts in getting to the root of what is causing it. If you have pain, our physical therapists are the best choice to help you relieve pain and improve function. Call 610-589-2263 to schedule your comprehensive evaluation today!