Using hot/cold therapy for a pinched nerve in the lower back
A pinched nerve in your lower back can cause extremely debilitating symptoms, such as chronic pain, burning, weakness and tingling. As anyone who has experienced this condition can attest, these symptoms can quickly rob you of your ability to lead a normal active lifestyle. Activities, like sitting at your desk at work or taking a walk with the kids, can easily become nearly impossible due to pain and other symptoms. However, one of the most commonly recommended treatment methods for a pinched nerve is actually an easy, at-home remedy — hot/cold therapy. Learn more about how this treatment can help alleviate your pinched nerve symptoms in the following article.
How does hot/cold therapy work?
Always remember to speak with your doctor before beginning any treatment program. He or she will be best able to advise you on which options might be right for you. With that being said, it’s possible a simple hot/cold therapy program might be suitable to treat a pinched nerve. This treatment option involves soothing your pain with alternating heat and cold. Hot treatments can be applied with a heating pad, or even a hot bath, while cold therapy involves ice packs. Keep in mind that these treatments shouldn’t be continued if they cause you pain, but if you find one that works and makes you feel better, be consistent by applying it as often as needed.
When hot/cold therapy doesn’t work
Some individuals with a painful pinched nerve in the lower back simply can’t find relief from conservative treatments, whether it’s hot/cold therapy or some other option, and instead turn to elective surgery as a last resort. If this describes your situation, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about our minimally invasive procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^
At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate pinched nerve symptoms while resulting in a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^ Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients to date find relief from chronic neck and back pain
To find out if you are potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today and ask for your no-cost MRI review.*