Nerve compression is a restriction of space around a nerve due to a number of different factors.
A compressed or “pinched” nerve in the neck or back can cause symptoms like pain, numbness, or weakness at the affected area, as well as muscle spasms and a tingling of the extremities. The location of the compressed or pinched nerve in the spine determines the part of the body that experiences these symptoms, and some people find that their symptoms worsen after sleep or other activities that irritate the compressed nerve.
Nerve compression in the spine can be the result of a disorder like spinal arthritis or spondylolisthesis, or due to an injury, poor posture, or poor body mechanics. A herniated disc is another common cause of a compressed nerve in the spine.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of nerve compression, the good news is that there are several treatment options available to you. Many patients find relief from conventional therapies including:
- Stretching and exercise
- Hot and cold therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medicines or pain medications
- Physical therapy
Occasionally patients find themselves still experiencing pain or other limiting symptoms, even after trying several different treatment options. Fortunately, there are other options available to relieve symptoms of nerve compression, like the minimally invasive endoscopic procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. These procedures require no hospitalization or general anesthesia, and the recovery time is significantly shorter than most traditional open back surgeries.
If you’re tired of dealing with the pain and discomfort of a pinched nerve, contact LSI today and we will review your MRI or CT scan, free of charge.