Treatment options for a pinched nerve in the spine
If you are suffering from chronic pain due to a pinched spinal nerve, it can be seriously disruptive to your quality of life. In all likelihood one of your top priorities is finding treatment to relieve your symptoms and help you get back your lifestyle before this pain occurred. The pain and symptoms associated with a pinched, or compressed, spinal nerve can start mildly and progress to debilitating, leaving you in a state of pain and frustration.
The symptoms of a pinched nerve can be effectively treated by several nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. The following information can help you work more closely with your doctor to find an effective treatment plan that gives you the best chance of returning to the people and activities you love.
Is it possible to fix a pinched nerve in the spine?
Spinal nerve compression is very often the result of age-related spine conditions such as a spinal arthritis or degenerative disc disease. Upon diagnosis of a pinched nerve in the spine the initial goal of treatment is to help a patient manage symptoms while taking steps to improve overall spine health. Common options include:
- Physical therapy or stretching exercises
- Pain medication, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hot or cold therapy
- Lifestyle changes like posture improvement, weight management programs or quitting smoking
Conservative treatments often take several months to begin diminishing the pain and symptoms of a pinched nerve, so it is important for you to continue your treatment even if you are not experiencing immediate relief. While conservative treatments do not directly fix the nerve compression, it is possible for some spine conditions to improve over time with the right care.
When to consider pinched nerve surgery
However, if after several months of therapy you have not achieved lasting improvement in pain and symptoms, you should consult your physician about a surgical treatment option. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a pinched nerve that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ By using muscle-sparing techniques, our surgeons can treat a pinched nerve at the source while patients enjoy a streamlined outpatient experience.
For example, if the cause of your pinched nerve is a herniated disc, our minimally invasive decompression surgery will remove a small portion of the damaged disc to relieve pressure on the nerve root. For more severe conditions, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures are an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion that can relieve nerve compression while providing stability to the area.
For more information about our treatment options, facilities and highly skilled surgeons, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.