Symptoms and treatments for a pinched nerve
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 doctor about any symptom that persists or worsens over time. Pinched nerves that are left untreated may cause long-term damage, especially when they are located along the spine. Read the following article to help you determine whether you are suffering from this condition and what steps to take to relieve your symptoms.
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, numbness, burning sensations 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
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to come up with a treatment plan that works best for your specific condition.
What are my treatment options for a pinched nerve?
Treatment for a pinched nerve aims to relieve pain and other symptoms. For many individuals, conservative treatment options are sufficient. A doctor 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, hot and cold therapy, chiropractic care, muscle spasm medication, physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen may help alleviate symptoms.
How Laser Spine Institute can help you find pinched nerve relief
Patients who are unable to find relief for a spinal pinched nerve after several weeks or months of 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 effective alternative to open spine surgery.^ If you’d like to learn more about pinched nerve treatment options, contact us today.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Reach out to us to discuss the procedures we have available for a pinched nerve and to get answers to any questions you may have. To determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, request a no-cost MRI review* from a member of our dedicated team. We are here to help you regain your quality of life.