Nerve pain in the back can be extremely frustrating and have a significant impact on your quality of life. This condition interferes with daily activity and can even make getting a good night’s sleep difficult. Nerve pain, or neuralgia, is especially frustrating because it can be caused by something as simple as a minor muscle strain or ligament sprain, but it can also be a clear indicator of the presence of a degenerative spine condition in the spinal column. To determine the source of the nerve pain in your back and to develop a treatment plan, it is important that you visit your physician if the neuralgia lasts more than a few days.
Potential Causes of Nerve Pain
Nerve pain in your back is a symptom that is caused by the compression or irritation of a nerve or the spinal cord itself. The most common cause of a pinched nerve is injury, but a number of degenerative spine conditions can also be at fault. Some examples include:
- Degenerative disc disease – herniated disc material or the walls of a bulging disc come into contact with a nerve
- Facet disease – inflamed soft tissue from osteoarthritis compresses a nerve
- Osteophytes – bone spurs from in the spinal column and vertebral joints
- Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spinal canal or foraminal canals constricts the nerves
- Spondylolisthesis – vertebral misalignment results in nerve compression
Generally speaking, nerve pain in the back can be managed with a series of conservative, nonsurgical treatments, such as the use of pain medication, hot or cold compresses, and some low-impact exercise. However, if your pain persists for several weeks and does not sufficiently respond to any treatment, you might be a candidate for spine surgery.
Safe and Effective Outpatient Procedures
Before you consent to an invasive open spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our outpatient decompression procedures. Our minimally invasive techniques have helped tens of thousands of people “find relief from” nerve pain.