Reflex pain is a complex condition that occurs when the body’s pain withdrawal reflex fails to disappear long after the triggering event. The neurological phenomenon, known as the withdrawal reflex, occurs when the body executes a chain of reactions to remove an affected body part from painful stimuli. For example, after sustaining a strain or other injury, the body’s natural response is to protect itself from further injury. During this process, the body’s reflex muscle in the injured area tightens and acts as a splint to protect that specific body part.
Most cases of this disorder are associated with a known injury or trauma, although there are rare cases where there is no known cause. There are various treatment options for patients suffering from this painful condition. Discussing your symptoms and expectations with your physician will help you to decide on the most effective course of treatment for you.