Pinched nerve recovery time depends on both the amount of damage that was done at the time the nerve became pinched, as well as the type of treatment you choose. Every person will respond differently to treatment, but your physician can perform a physical examination and run a series of tests to estimate how long it might take for you to recover from your pinched nerve symptoms.
Oftentimes, simply resting and using ice/heat therapy can ease the symptoms of the pinched nerve, but there are some other things you can do to speed up the recovery process. Practicing good body mechanics such as good posture, proper lifting techniques and proper sleep positions can minimize the symptoms of a pinched nerve and prevent them from worsening. Furthermore, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can reduce swelling around the affected nerve and provide pain relief. More aggressive treatments like epidural steroid injections and physical therapy also may be helpful for patients experiencing significant pain.
It is important to keep in mind that these treatments do not always provide permanent relief, and, short of surgery, there is no cure for a pinched nerve. In cases where pain has become chronic or where damage is permanent, surgery may be recommended. Laser Spine Institute can perform pinched nerve surgery using advanced, minimally invasive techniques that come with far fewer side effects and a higher rate of success than traditional open back surgery. Our procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, so the risk of complications and your pinched nerve recovery time is drastically reduced.
If you have been dealing with the pain of a pinched nerve, and conservative pinched nerve treatment isn’t working for you, Laser Spine Institute can help. Contact us today, and we will review your MRI or CT scan and discuss how we can help you find relief from back pain.