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8 Common Types of Chronic Pain

At Pain Treatment Specialists, we understand that chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life. From limiting your mobility to affecting your mental well-being, chronic pain requires comprehensive care and understanding. Our board-certified interventional pain specialists are dedicated to diagnosing and treating the root causes of chronic pain. We administer comprehensive diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of your condition and offer minimally invasive pain treatments to ensure lasting relief.

In this article, we highlight some of the most prevalent types of chronic pain and explore their causes and common symptoms. If you have any of these forms of chronic pain or any other pain-related symptoms, please consult our pain treatment specialists without delay.

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Explore common types of chronic pain, including symptoms and possible causes. Schedule a consultation with Pain Treatment Specialists to explore your pain treatment options!
Explore common types of chronic pain, including symptoms and possible causes. Schedule a consultation with Pain Treatment Specialists to explore your pain treatment options!
Explore common types of chronic pain, including symptoms and possible causes. Schedule a consultation with Pain Treatment Specialists to explore your pain treatment options!


Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It encompasses a range of disorders, with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis being the most common forms.

  • Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time, leading to bone-on-bone friction and joint damage.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the membranes surrounding the joints, resulting in joint damage.
  • Psoriatic arthritis is associated with psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches, and occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissue, leading to joint damage.

Common Symptoms of Arthritis:

  • Joint pain, which may be constant or intermittent
  • Swelling, redness, and warmth around the affected joints
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • Reduced range of motion, making it difficult to perform daily activities
  • Joint tenderness or sensitivity to touch
  • Fatigue and general malaise, particularly with inflammatory types of arthritis
  • Deformities in the joints, such as knobby finger joints or bunions
  • Difficulty with gripping objects or performing fine motor tasks
  • Inflammatory symptoms like fever, weight loss, or skin rashes in certain types of arthritis
  • Progression of symptoms over time


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia remains elusive, factors such as genetics, infections, physical or emotional trauma, and abnormal pain processing in the central nervous system may contribute to its development. Individuals with fibromyalgia often experience tender points—specific areas of the body that are particularly sensitive to pressure.

Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Widespread musculoskeletal pain, often described as a constant dull ache
  • Fatigue and exhaustion, even after adequate rest
  • Sleep disturbances, including difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Cognitive difficulties, often referred to as “fibro fog,” characterized by memory lapses
  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Increased sensitivity to stimuli such as noise, lights, temperature, and touch
  • Stiffness, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, such as abdominal pain and bloating
  • Depression and anxiety, which may be exacerbated by chronic pain and fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet, known as paresthesia


Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, leading to symptoms such as sharp, shooting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg. Common causes of sciatica include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or muscle spasms. Sciatica can vary in severity and duration.

Common Symptoms of Sciatica:

  • Sharp, shooting pain that radiates from the lower back down one leg
  • Burning or tingling sensation along the sciatic nerve pathway
  • Numbness or weakness in the leg or foot
  • Pain that worsens with movement, coughing, or sneezing
  • Difficulty sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Pain that may be aggravated by certain activities, such as bending, lifting, or twisting
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control in severe cases, indicating possible nerve damage
  • Muscle weakness in the affected leg, making it difficult to walk or perform daily tasks
  • Sensation of pins and needles or electric shocks in the leg or foot
  • Pain that may vary in intensity, from mild discomfort to excruciating agony

Back Pain

Back pain is a common ailment characterized by discomfort or soreness in the muscles, ligaments, nerves, or bones of the back. It can range from a dull, persistent ache to sharp, stabbing sensations and may be localized to a specific area or radiate to other parts of the body. Causes of back pain vary widely, including muscle strain, poor posture, injury, degenerative conditions like arthritis or disc herniation, or underlying medical issues. Back pain can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life.

Common Symptoms of Back Pain:

  • Dull, persistent ache in the lower, middle, or upper back
  • Sharp, stabbing pain that may radiate to the hips, buttocks, or legs
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the back
  • Muscle spasms or cramping in the affected area
  • Pain that worsens with movement, bending, lifting, or prolonged sitting or standing
  • Difficulty standing up straight or maintaining proper posture
  • Pain that may be accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness in the legs
  • Pain that improves with rest or changes in position
  • Difficulty sleeping due to discomfort or pain
  • In severe cases, loss of bladder or bowel control, indicating potential nerve compression

Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common discomfort that affects the cervical spine and surrounding muscles and ligaments. It can range from a mild ache to severe, debilitating pain, often accompanied by stiffness and limited range of motion. Neck pain may result from various causes, including muscle strain, poor posture, injury, conditions like cervical disc herniation or arthritis, or medical issues such as meningitis or tumors. Neck pain can interfere with daily activities and may be accompanied by headaches, shoulder pain, or numbness and tingling in the arms.

Common Symptoms of Neck Pain:

  • Dull, persistent ache in the neck region
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the neck
  • Sharp, shooting pain that may radiate to the shoulders, arms, or upper back
  • Headaches, particularly tension headaches or migraines
  • Muscle spasms or tightness in the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Difficulty turning the head or tilting it sideways
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the arms or hands
  • Weakness in the arms or hands, especially with prolonged activity
  • Pain that worsens with certain movements, such as looking down or turning the head
  • Difficulty sleeping due to discomfort or pain in the neck


Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease characterized by weakened and fragile bones, increasing the risk of fractures, particularly in the hips, spine, and wrists. It develops when the body loses too much bone mass, makes too little bone, or both, leading to a decrease in bone density and strength. Osteoporosis often goes undetected until a fracture occurs. Risk factors include age, gender (women are more prone), family history, hormonal changes, certain medications, and lifestyle factors like inadequate calcium intake or sedentary behavior.

Common Symptoms of Osteoporosis:

  • Loss of height over time
  • Back pain caused by fractured or collapsed vertebrae
  • Stooped posture or curvature of the spine (kyphosis)
  • Easily fractured bones, particularly in the hip, spine, or wrist
  • Bone fractures occurring with minimal trauma or even from everyday activities
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Reduced mobility and flexibility
  • Dental problems, such as receding gums or tooth loss, due to weakened jaw bones
  • Brittle nails or easily bruised skin

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is a complex chronic pain condition that results from damage or dysfunction of the nervous system, particularly the peripheral nerves. It is characterized by shooting, burning, or electric shock-like sensations, often described as “pins and needles” or numbness. Unlike nociceptive pain, which arises from tissue damage, neuropathic pain occurs due to abnormal nerve signaling, such as nerve compression, injury, or diseases like diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Neuropathic pain can be chronic and debilitating.

Common Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain:

  • Sharp, shooting, or burning pain
  • Electric shock-like sensations
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Increased pain with temperature changes
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Throbbing or stabbing sensations
  • Pain that worsens at night
  • Difficulty sleeping due to discomfort

Hip Pain

Hip pain refers to discomfort or soreness in the hip joint or surrounding areas, including the groin, buttocks, or thighs. It can range from mild to severe and may be caused by a variety of factors, such as injury, overuse, arthritis, or underlying medical conditions. Hip pain can affect mobility and quality of life, making it difficult to perform daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, or sitting for extended periods.

Common Symptoms of Hip Pain:

  • Dull, aching pain in the hip joint or surrounding areas
  • Sharp or stabbing pain with movement or weight-bearing activities
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the hip joint
  • Pain that radiates to the groin, buttocks, or thighs
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected hip
  • Swelling or tenderness in the hip joint
  • Clicking or popping sensations in the hip during movement
  • Pain that worsens with prolonged sitting or lying down
  • Difficulty performing activities that require hip movement, such as bending or lifting
  • Pain that interferes with sleep or daily activities

Consult Pain Treatment Specialists for Prompt Diagnosis & Minimally Invasive Pain Treatments

Pain Treatment Specialists is your trusted destination for prompt diagnosis and effective, minimally invasive pain treatments. Led by board-certified interventional pain doctors, we prioritize identifying the root cause of your pain to deliver targeted and lasting relief. Instead of simply masking your symptoms, we are committed to addressing the root cause of your chronic pain without relying on opioids or invasive surgeries.

With convenient locations in New York and New Jersey, including Midtown Manhattan, the Financial District, Brooklyn, Westchester, Hartsdale, Jericho, Clifton, West Orange, Paramus, and Woodland Park, accessing our specialized care is easy. If you’re suffering from the signs and symptoms of chronic pain, please visit your nearest office to explore your treatment options. We empower you to reclaim an active, pain-free life.


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