Pinched nerve treatment

There are a number of pinched nerve treatment options currently available, ranging widely in type and invasiveness. Some treatments focus more on relieving pain, while others are designed to take pressure off the spine and affected nerves. However, since there are so many treatments, it is extremely important to work with your doctor to develop a course of pinched nerve treatment that offers you the best chance to give you the relief necessary to engage in normal activity. The wrong treatment for you and your condition could prove ineffective or potentially worsen symptoms.

What is a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve can develop anywhere in the body and is most commonly associated with a relatively minor injury. In fact, nearly everyone experiences a pinched nerve at some point in their lives, with symptoms usually disappearing in a short period of time.

In the spine, a pinched nerve may be caused by everything from a muscle strain or ligament sprain to the presence of a degenerative spine condition. As we grow older, the parts that provide the flexibility we require from our neck and back gradually begin to deteriorate and lose elasticity. As a result, conditions like herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis can develop, causing constriction of the already tight spinal column. When any of these conditions results in the compression of a nerve, working with your doctor to develop a pinched nerve treatment plan will be needed.

Conservative pinched nerve treatments

Typically, when a patient is experiencing pain as a result of a pinched nerve, treatment is first attempted conservatively with a series of nonsurgical methods. Among the most commonly recommended treatments are:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medication
  • The application of heat or ice
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching techniques
  • Limited rest
  • Deep tissue massage

When to consider surgery to relieve nerve compression

Your doctor may send you to a specialist to discuss the possibility of surgery if weeks or months of conservative treatment do not relieve symptoms enough for a return to normal activity. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in treating many of the degenerative spine conditions that cause nerve compression with our minimally invasive spine surgery. These procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures, helping our patients avoid hospital associated costs and a lengthy recovery.^

Contact one of our Spine Care Consultants today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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