How soon can I play pickup basketball after treatment for a pinched nerve at the C6 to C7 level?

If you live an active lifestyle that includes the occasional game of pickup basketball, the last thing you need is a pinched nerve in your neck at the C6 to C7 level. It is extremely difficult to shoot with pain radiating down your arm and into your thumb or index finger. The good news is, no matter what the cause, the pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness associated with a pinched nerve in the cervical spine (neck) generally can be managed using conservative treatment methods. However, if chronic symptoms persist after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery might be required.

How can a pinched nerve at the C6 to C7 level be treated?

The degenerative spine conditions that lead to a pinched nerve at the C6 to C7 level are a natural result of the aging process. Spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine are extremely common among people in their 40s and early 50s. These conditions don’t always produce symptoms, but when a nerve root or spinal cord becomes irritated from conditions like bone spurs, pain and discomfort can arise.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms (and your own ability to tolerate them), your doctor will likely prescribe a course of pain medication, physical therapy, low-impact exercise, behavior modification or other nonsurgical treatments. For the majority of patients suffering from a pinched nerve, these methods of treatment are adequate.

Minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery

If your doctor recommends that you consider surgery, research all your options. If you’re concerned about the length of recuperation, it’s important to know that patients who undergo traditional open spine surgery typically need six months to a year before returning to normal activity. At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified+ surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery that requires a shorter recovery period compared to open spine surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005. To relieve a pinched nerve in the spine, a small muscle-sparing incision is used to remove the material that is compressing the affected nerve root or spinal cord. To find out if you are a potential candidate for the outpatient procedures performed at our state-of-the-art facilities, reach out to our team today and ask for a free MRI review.*

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