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How it is different from reffered pain, should not be confused with
Not all types of pain felt in the arms or legs come from radiated pain. Sometimes, back pain itself causes a reflex pain at these sites without the presence of nerve compression. In this case, pain is due to a reflex process of the spinal cord, and not to nerve compression. It is called “referred” pain and does not specifically follow any nerve pathway, nor is it accompanied by signs of compression.
Referred pain is of no importance and does not require any treatment changes. However, radiated pain transmits nerve compression and, therefore, a certain degree of neurologic suffering. The most generally accepted criterion is that if radiated pain worsens or is maintained for more than 6 weeks with signs of root compression, treatment should be changed and the possibility of surgery should be evaluated, provided there is certainty about what is compressing the nerve.