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What is the Difference Between Axial and Radicular Pain?

Pain types vary based on location, sensation, intensity and duration. There are distinct differences Between Axial and Radicular Pain:

  • Axial pain is pain that you can identify with one finger, as in ‘it hurts here.’
  • Radicular pain on the other hand, can be described as shooting pain or pain that travels.

Radicular pain can start in the neck and travel down the arms and into the hands. Additionally, radicular pain in the lower extremities is often referred to as sciatica, when it starts in the back and travels down the legs into the toes.

How to manage Axial and Radicular Pain?

When it comes to diagnosing these pains, both axial and radicular pain can be managed with medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. However, if the pain persists or worsens over time then other treatment options such as injections or surgery may be necessary.

Axial pain is often caused by musculoskeletal issues such as sprain/strains, arthritis, degenerative disc diseases and herniated discs. Radicular pain is typically caused by a pinched nerve or a bulging disc in the spine.

It’s important to know the difference between axial and radicular pain so that you can get accurate treatment for your condition. If you’re experiencing pain of any kind, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional so they can help diagnose the cause.