As anyone who has experienced a painful pinched nerve in the back knows, treatment is usually required to alleviate the symptoms. However, in most cases the treatment needed for pain relief can be accomplished from the comforts of home with a variety of conservative techniques. A majority of times, a pinched nerve is a result of an injury or muscle strain and only needs time to heal. However, nerve compression can also result from spine deterioration, and spine surgery may be required to entirely alleviate the painful symptoms.
Conservative pinched nerve treatment
If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in the neck, or back, treatment options vary depending on the severity and origin of your pain. Some of the most common conservative, non-surgical treatments include:
- Exercise or stretching techniques – one of the best things you can do to overcome minor back problems is to increase the strength and flexibility of your back with a targeted regimen. You need to be careful not to overdo your work out, but, with the help of a trained professional, exercise and stretching can be a great way to combat pain.
- Heat therapy – heat reduces swelling and increases blood flow to your injury, which helps the healing process move along. Both hot packs and hot tub therapy can be helpful and soothing.
- Medication – anti-inflammatory pain medication, topical analgesics, muscle relaxants and cortisone injections can all help reduce your pain while you heal.
- Proper diet – reducing the stress placed on your back is a great way to alleviate back pain. The lower back is responsible for supporting much of the body’s weight, so losing a few pounds can be a great way to reduce stress on the spine. Consult with your physician or a nutritionist to develop a diet that works for you.
- Elevate your feet while you sleep – this further reduces the stress on your back, giving it time to heal.
When conservative treatment is not enough
In the event that these pinched nerve conservative back treatment options don’t alleviate your pain after several days, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive, outpatient spine procedures and how we may be able to help you find relief. Contact us today for more information and to receive a review of your MRI or CT scan.