Nerve Pain Specialist

Source Healthcare

Spine, Sports, & Pain Medicine Center & Interventional Orthopedic and Surgical Pain Medicine Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Nerve pain ranges from a sudden, stabbing pain to a chronic, burning sensation. The team at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, have extensive experience helping patients with all types of nerve pain find the relief they need. They develop individualized care based on your unique needs, then use interventional and regenerative therapies to provide safe and, in many cases, long-term pain relief. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Nerve Pain Q & A


What causes nerve pain?

Nerve pain occurs when a nerve is physically injured, irritated by a toxin, compressed between bones or muscles, or damaged due to a disease. Many health conditions can lead to nerve pain, including:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Postherpetic neuralgia

When your nerve pain goes untreated, biochemical changes take place that make the nerves hypersensitive. This condition, called central sensitization, can turn an acute episode of nerve pain into a chronic pain syndrome.

What other symptoms develop along with nerve pain?

The symptoms you experience depend on the nerves that are damaged. Sensory nerves are known for causing electric-shock pain, as well as tingling or needle-prick sensations and a burning pain. They can also cause numbness.

Damaged motor nerves lead to symptoms such as muscle cramps, twitching, or loss of muscle tone. Your autonomic nerves control life-sustaining functions in your body. If they’re damaged, you’ll have a broad range of symptoms including dizziness, nausea, and an abnormal heart rate.

How is nerve pain treated?

Several medications are used in the initial treatment of nerve pain. However, only half of all patients who take medications experience effective pain relief. Additionally, many of the medications are associated with unwelcome side effects. 

However, the team at Source Healthcare offers many treatments that relieve nerve pain without causing side effects, including:

Stem cell injections

Adult stem cells are extracted from your body, concentrated, and injected at the site of damaged nerves. The stem cells regenerate nerve tissues and secrete substances that trigger nerve regrowth.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Made from your own blood, PRP injections trigger new tissue growth, protect healthy nerves, and support stem cells.

Nerve blocks

A nerve block is an injection of a local anesthetic and steroids, to reduce inflammation and deliver longer-lasting results. Your doctor may administer a nerve block at nerve roots in the spinal cord to stop pain from a large area of your body, or they can target a specific nerve.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency energy is used to wound a nerve, which stops pain signals from reaching your brain.

Spinal cord stimulator (SCS)

After your doctor at Source Healthcare implants the components of the spinal cord stimulator, the device uses mild electrical impulses to mask or block pain signals.

If your nerve pain hasn’t responded to conventional medical treatments, call Source Healthcare or schedule an appointment online today.