Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is defined as pain that occurs following damage to the central or peripheral nervous system. This pain can be identified by site and by features, such as sharp, shooting, electric, burning, stabbing sensations. It can be further broken down by site into neuropathic pain "at level" (pain that occurs at the level of the spinal cord injury in a segmental pattern with spinal cord injury, spinal cord injury recovery, what is a spinal cord injury, spinal anatomyneuropathic features) and neuropathic pain "below level." The latter is described by the words "burning," "tingling," "aching," "shooting," or "stabbing" and should be present at least three segments below the level of injury. Occasionally, spinal cord injury clients will note phantom limb pain or pain that radiates from the level of the lesion in a specific pattern. Various medications and nerve block procedures are traditionally used in the treatment of neuropathic pain following a spinal cord injury.
Neuropathic Pain and Project Walk
Neuropathic pain can be a significant issue for some spinal cord injury clients. However, like spasticity, Project Walk views neuropathic pain as a part of the recovery process. The pain that many of our clients feel may be an indicator of a damaged and/or reorganizing nervous system. And just like spasticity, pain may become more intense before it starts to decrease.

In our experience, as a client’s nervous system recovers, the pain may begin to diminish. Many Project Walk clients do not take any pain medications and are able to be pain-free through regular exercise.

Clients suffering from neuropathic pain are encouraged to talk to fellow clients who have endured and overcome this issue. Our Specialists will also keep an open line of communication with their clients to ensure the levels of pain are monitored during the recovery process.
Support and Answers
spinal cord injury support, rehabilitation support, social network, peer supportFor many of our clients the recovery process may include an increase in pain before it gets better. Our Specialists can provide clients with guidance and information but nothing can replace client-to-client counseling. Many of our locations offer peer support groups to discuss such issues. Clients are also encouraged to use Project Walk Connect to find more information about spasms, medication and neuropathic pain. CLICK HERE to join this social network for free and connect with someone who is going through our recovery program.
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