Relieve Pinched Nerve Symptoms
Patients can relieve pinched nerve symptoms through a number of methods, but they should always visit their primary care physician or back specialist before taking any action on their own. A pinched nerve in the spine is usually caused by an underlying neck or back condition such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or osteoarthritis. Each patient will require a unique course of treatment depending on her or his current and prior levels of health, making the guidance of a physician especially important.
Once a patient has been properly diagnosed, a physician will advise him or her on how to best manage the symptoms that are being experienced and how to treat the underlying condition. To relieve pinched nerve symptoms (which can include numbness, pain and tingling), a physician will usually recommend one or both of the following conservative treatments:
- Over-the-counter pain medications – Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce pain and swelling, which can be especially beneficial to patients with various forms of spinal arthritis. A reduction in swelling can help to relieve the pressure being placed on an impinged nerve, helping many patients manage their symptoms. Patients should always consult a physician or pharmacist before taking these medications.
- Hot and/or cold therapy – Heat therapy helps to relax tense muscles and decrease muscle spasms, which some patients experience with a pinched nerve. Cold therapy, on the other hand, helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Care should be taken with either form of therapy to protect a patient’s skin from extreme temperatures.
More effective outpatient procedures
Surgery can also relieve pinched nerve symptoms, and this course of action is often recommended if conservative treatments prove ineffective. The minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute reduce or eliminate many of the risks commonly associated with traditional open back surgery, enabling significantly faster recovery times in most cases. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information regarding the minimally invasive procedures we offer to treat spinal conditions.