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Causes of Nociceptive Somatic Pain Illustrated

Somatic pain is seen in muscles, tendon ligament, skin, subcutaneous tissue, bone and joint. is stabbing, sharp shooting pain. Let us understand the possible causes of nociceptive Somatic Pain

Nociceptive Somatic Pain- Causes

They can be divided as below:

Somatic pain caused due to traumatic injuries

  • Sport injury
  • Domestic injury
  • Automobile accident
  • Work accident
  1. Nerve injuries or irritation
  2. Cancer disease
  3. Non-cancerous diseases

Injuries caused due to automobile, work or domestic accidents are as below

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Neck and head
  • Extremities

Gunshot or Penetrating Wound

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Neck and head
  • Extremities

Nociceptive Somatic Pain caused due to Blunt Trauma

  1. Neck and Head
  • Skull fracture
  • Subcutaneous bleeding or skin contusion
  • Headache
  1. Chest
  • Subcutaneous bleeding or skin contusion
  • Rib fracture
  • Inter-costal injury of nerves
  • Pneumothorax- Air pocket causes compression of lungs and leads to somatic pain
  1. Abdomen
  • Injury in facet joint
  • Fracture in vertebral column
  • Subcutaneous bleeding or skin contusion

d.      Extremities Injuries

  • Muscle contusion
  • Fracture
  • Joint dislocation
  • Skin laceration
  • Subcutaneous hematoma
  • Ligament injury
  • Tendon rupture

Nociceptive Somatic Pain caused due to penetrating injury

  1. Neck and Head
  • Skin laceration subcutaneous blood clot leading to pain and cut-bleeding
  • Skull fracture related to cerebral bleeding
  1. Chest Injuries
  • Subcutaneous bleeding or skin contusion
  • Rib fracture
  • Inter-costal injury of nerves
  • Pneumothorax- Air pocket causes compression of lungs and leads to somatic pain

c.       Extremities Injuries

  • Muscle contusion
  • Fracture
  • Joint dislocation
  • Skin laceration
  • Subcutaneous hematoma
  • Ligament injury
  • Tendon rupture

Nociceptive Somatic Pain caused due to Nerve Injury

  1. Stabbing Pain- Radicular
  • Bulge disc or disc herination results in pressure on your spinal nerve leading to shooting pain along with the nerve is known as radicular pain
  • Most radicular pain leads to shooting pain
  • Cervical radicular pain in seen in arm, thoracic radicular pain spreads along your chest wall beneath the ribs and lumbar radicular pain spreads through nerves in the leg.
  1. Peripheral Neuropathy

Most peripheral neuropathy is chronic neuropathic somatic pain.

Diseases that cause Chronic and Acute Nociceptive Somatic Pain

  • Pneumothorax- sudden rupture caused in parietal pleura causes pneumothorax, which results in stabbing pain and its gets severe at times. Such conditions sometimes may also result in breathing problems.
  • Skin diseases- skin abscesses, dermatitis, boil causes nociceptive somatic pain
  • Tendonitis- tendon inflammation causes tendonitis, which further results in nociceptive somatic pain.
  • Myalgia- muscle inflammation is called as myalgia, which results in severe pain and thereby leads to in nociceptive somatic pain.
  • Ligaments sprain- ligamental inflammation or various injuries cause pain in ligaments.

Cancer growth also causes Acute or chronic nociceptive somatic pain. Different cancer types have their affect on bones, different organs nerves, soft tissues, which leads to nociceptive somatic pain. We need to be careful if we are suffering from cancer or any other disease.

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