Treatment for back pain from a pinched nerve
For patients experiencing back pain caused by a pinched nerve in the spinal column, a number of treatment options may offer relief. Effective pinched nerve treatment typically requires first identifying the source of the compression. A number of spine conditions can lead to back pain from a pinched nerve, ranging from tissue inflammation from a sports-related injury to degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis from regular wear and tear.
The good news is that there are a wide range of effective treatments for a pinched spinal nerve, with conservative treatments being effective in a very high number of cases. By having a better understanding of the options available, you can work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective treatment plan for your pain.
Specific back pain treatments
Determining the treatment plan that is right for your back pain typically requires a visit to your doctor. In most cases, he or she will review your medical history, complete a physical examination and often recommend medical imagery to identify the source of the compression. With this information, he or she can make treatment recommendations that take into account the severity, location and cause of the symptoms.
Commonly recommended treatments include:
- Medication. Pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxants may be recommended, either over-the-counter or prescription strength.
- Hot and/or cold therapy. The application of heat improves circulation and accelerates healing; cold therapy can relieve inflammation and pain.
- Chiropractic Care. Some patients find relief from a chiropractor who physically adjusts spinal alignment to relieve pressure on nerves.
- Pain management techniques. Corticosteroid injections, ultrasound therapy, TENS treatment and pain patches may all be used to treat pain.
- Physical therapy. Low-impact exercises may be recommended to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles in the back. This helps to support the spine and potentially relieve pressure on the pinched nerve.
- Surgery. Usually reserved for patients who have exhausted all other treatment options. Some patients elect to undergo a minimally invasive outpatient procedure as an alternative to open spine surgery.
Considering surgery for a pinched nerve
If you are living with back pain because of a pinched nerve in your spine, visit your physician to determine the cause of your symptoms and begin treatment. If fully exploring conservative treatments hasn’t provided you with the pain relief you require, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive procedures designed to relieve spinal nerve compression. Our board-certified surgeons+ are able to access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques, which allows for a streamlined outpatient experience.
We can happily provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.