Pinched nerve treatment for the neck and back is designed to alleviate pain, numbness, weakness, muscle spasms, and the other symptoms of a pinched nerve. Most conservative pinched nerve treatments, however, treat the symptoms of the condition and do not address the pinched nerve itself.
In the spine, nerves can be pinched by bulging disc matter, inflamed tissue, or bone, thereby preventing the nerve from properly transmitting signals. There are several ways to treat a pinched nerve, so your doctor will run a series of tests to assess the severity of the condition before designing a treatment plan. Oftentimes, pinched nerve symptoms are alleviated simply by resting the affected area, and your doctor may recommend that you refrain from activities which cause symptoms to become aggravated. Other pinched nerve treatment options include pain killers, anti-inflammatory medication, massage, hot/cold therapy, stretching, and exercise. For more severe cases, physical therapy or corticosteroid injections may be advised.
In the event that conservative therapies prove ineffective in alleviating symptoms, back surgery is an option. In most cases, the goal of surgery is to remove the disc, bone, or other fragments that are impinging on the nerve. If you’ve considered back surgery as a pinched nerve treatment but are discouraged by the risks and complications, you may want to explore minimally invasive options at Laser Spine Institute (LSI). Our outpatient procedures are completed using state-of-the-art endoscopic technology to drastically reduce the risk of muscle and tissue damage that you would face with open back surgery, thereby shortening the recovery time and leaving minimal scarring. And all of our procedures are performed in an outpatient environment using local anesthesia, so you’ll be able to walk away from the procedure within a couple hours and return to our center the next day for physical therapy.
If you’re tired of living a sedentary, limited life because you have a pinched nerve, contact LSI today. We can help you get your life back, starting with a free MRI or CT scan review.