Symptoms and treatments of a pinched nerve
Suffering from the pain and discomfort due to a pinched nerve can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Daily chores and activities that were once easy and enjoyable may now be strenuous and impossible altogether. The symptoms of a pinched nerve will often differ depending on the location and severity of the condition. However, most pinched nerve symptoms can include chronic pain, pain that travels the length of the nerve being pinched, muscle weakness, burning and tingling.
The term “pinched nerve” is actually a commonly used phrase to describe a compressed spinal nerve. This pressure can be caused by a bone spur, a bulging or herniated disc, spinal stenosis, a facet cyst or a thickened ligament. Once your physician determines the root cause of your pinched nerve, you can work together to find the best treatment option available for pain relief. To learn about the conservative and surgical options that may be recommended to you, read the following article.
Conservative treatments for a pinched nerve
A variety of nonsurgical treatments have proven to be very effective for many cases of a pinched nerve. It is important to schedule an appointment with your physician to get a recommendation for some of the following conservative treatments:
- Low-impact exercise
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Chiropractic care
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Muscle spasm medication
- Massage therapy
Minimally invasive pinched nerve alternatives
Some patients are not able to find pain relief through conservative methods and begin considering surgical solutions. If you’re still experiencing pinched nerve symptoms after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a free MRI review* to determine if our procedures would be effective for you.
We offer several types of minimally invasive spine surgery used to treat the common causes of pinched nerves, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Because we use a minimally invasive approach during our decompression and stabilization procedures, candidates of our outpatient procedures are able to experience a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complication compared to patients who choose traditional spine surgery, thereby earning us a patient satisfaction score of 96^.