Nerve tension pain occurs because a nerve has been or is being compressed or stuck in its surrounding tissue preventing it from moving within its tract. This can happen for a number of reasons. When a joint has been immobile for a period of time it increases the risk that a nerve can get a little stuck.

Nerve pain due to an injury is known as nociceptive pain. However, nerve pain that is caused by disease or damage affecting the nervous system is called neuralgia or neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by a problem with the nerves, sending pain messages to the brain.

Nerve problems can cause a variety of symptoms, often these are described as shooting pain, stabbing, burning, aching or electric shock sensations. Your therapist will be able to specify where your nerve problem stems from by assessing your symptoms.

Common examples of structures that can impede a nerve’s movement include Back Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow or Pinched Nerve.

Depending on the severity of the damage that is causing nerve tension, surgery might be necessary. However, in most cases nerve tension can be relieved through physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage, and prescribed stretching exercises.

In addition to your treatment, you may also be given home exercises to assist with your recovery. To get more advice about nerve pain, book an appointment with any of our PROTx Services teams at one of our locations online today.