Pinched nerve symptoms and treatment
If you believe that your discomfort is being caused by nerve root or spinal cord compression, it’s important to educate yourself about spinal pinched nerve symptoms and treatment options that can help alleviate the pain. The symptoms of a compressed nerve range from mild to severe; however, individuals should talk to a physician about any symptom that persists or gets worse over time. Pinched nerves that are left untreated may cause long-term damage, especially when they are located along the spine.
How do I know if I have a pinched nerve in my spine?
The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve include pain in the area of the affected nerve, weakness of the muscles, tingling sensations, numbness and pain that radiates out to the extremities, typically on just one side of the body. The area where these symptoms occur will depend on the location along the spine where the nerve is compressed:
- Cervical spine (neck) — Symptoms may affect the neck, shoulders, arms and/or hands.
- Thoracic spine (upper back) — Symptoms may affect the chest, ribs and/or torso.
- Lumbar spine (lower back) — Symptoms may affect the lower back, hips, buttocks and/or legs.
What are my treatment options?
Treatment for a pinched nerve aims to relieve the pain and other symptoms. For many individuals, conservative treatment options are sufficient. A physician may recommend low-impact exercises, stretching techniques or physical therapy to reduce the pressure on the nerve by strengthening and stretching the muscles around it. Additionally, heat-cold therapies, deep-tissue massage and over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen may help alleviate symptoms.
How can Laser Spine Institute help?
Patients who are unable to find relief for a spinal pinched nerve through conservative treatment methods may want to explore other options. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures that offer a safer and more effective alternative to open spine surgery. Our surgeons have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from their neck and back pain after other options have proven ineffective.
If you’d like to learn more about pinched nerve symptoms and treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are happy to discuss the state-of-the-art procedures we have available and to answer any questions you may have.