Pain from a Pinched Nerve | What Causes It?
Pain from a pinched nerve can be excruciating, as anyone who has experienced this malady can attest. The discomfort can make it nearly impossible to stay seated at your desk at work for lengthy periods, follow through on your golf swing, take the dog on a nightly walk or perform any of your other day-to-day activities. But how, exactly, is it caused? And, more importantly, what can be done to soothe the pain?
A “pinched nerve” is the commonly used term to describe a situation in which a spinal nerve becomes compressed. This pressure is what causes the pain. A pinched nerve can occur due to a variety of degenerative spine conditions, such as bone spurs, a bulging or herniated disc, spinal stenosis and others. These conditions are called “degenerative” because they are the byproduct of the natural aging process. As you get older, normal wear and tear on your spinal anatomy – joints, bones, intervertebral discs, etc. – causes deterioration that can eventually lead to nerve compression and the pain from a pinched nerve.
So, you’ve been dealing with the pain from a pinched nerve for some time now. What can you do to make it go away? Typically, your physician will recommend a variety of conservative, non-surgical options that are usually very effective in managing neck and back pain. You may be advised to visit a physical therapist, begin an exercise routine, try hot/cold therapies at home or take prescription or over-the-counter pain medications.
However, if you’ve been trying conservative treatments for weeks or months and haven’t seen the results you’re looking for, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our orthopedic specialists perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures that may be able to help you find relief from neck and back pain caused by a pinched nerve.