What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is something that nearly everyone experiences at some point in their life. This painful condition can lead to significant neck or back pain, and is usually caused by a minor injury incurred during daily activity. In most cases, a pinched nerve, although painful, doesn’t require medical attention. Unless your pain is severe or debilitating, treatment can normally be accomplished at home. That being said, if your pain persists for several days, or seems to be worsening, it is important that you seek medical attention.
Causes of a pinched nerve
A pinched nerve can seem to come out of nowhere – something as simple as lifting the groceries or overdoing your workout might lead to a little tweak as a result of soft tissue inflammation. While this is obviously something you want to avoid, a pinched nerve from a minor injury usually isn’t something to worry about. If you experience moderate discomfort from your injury, a combination of over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories, heat packs and taking it easy is usually all that is needed to overcome your symptoms.
In the event that your pain doesn’t seem to subside, it’s a good idea to visit your physician. In addition to injury, there are a number of degenerative spine conditions that might be causing your nerve compression, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Osteoarthritis (facet disease)
Even if spinal deterioration is the cause of your neck or back pain, there are a number of effective, non-surgical treatments that may be able to provide you with the pain relief you require. In addition to the aforementioned treatments, you may consider physical therapy, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy, epidural injections and a variety of other options.
If, after several weeks, your pain continues or doesn’t sufficiently subside, your physician might broach the topic of spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in a minimally invasive, outpatient alternative to open spine surgery. To learn how our procedures might be able to provide you with the pain relief you need, contact Laser Spine Institute today.