Pinched nerve therapy
Pinched nerve therapy is often required to help patients find relief from the pain, numbness and tingling associated with a spinal nerve compression.
Before the best treatment option can be decided, you must schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause of your pinched nerve. When a pinched nerve is located in the spinal column, it can be the result of a number of conditions affecting the neck and back, including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and a bulging or slipped disc.
Conservative treatments for a pinched nerve
Once a doctor or spine specialist has determined the spine condition that is causing your pinched nerve, your doctor can recommend treatment options to relieve pain and other symptoms related to a pinched nerve. Often, the first method of treatment will be conservative nonsurgical therapies designed to block the pain signals in the nerve and reduce the pressure on the pinched nerve.
Relief can take time and it is important to be patient as you work with your doctor to find the right combination of treatments for you. Conservative treatment options include:
- Periods of rest
- Hot and cold compression therapy
- Over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Posture improvement
- Weight loss
Alternative treatments for a pinched nerve
Alternative therapies are also available for treating pinched nerves. Every patient responds to treatment differently, but many have experienced relief from acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and exercise programs such as yoga and Pilates.
You may find that these remedies are most effective when combined with your conventional conservative treatments. Always discuss these options with your primary care physician or back specialist to minimize the risk for side effects or injury.
Minimally invasive surgery for a pinched nerve
If the above methods of pinched nerve therapy are unable to reduce your symptoms, one of the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute may help provide relief. We offer several types of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures aimed to relieve the pinched nerve at the root of its cause. For example, if a herniated disc is causing your pinched nerve, our surgeons can remove the damaged portion of the disc to relieve pressure on the nerve. In more severe cases, we may recommend a minimally invasive stabilization procedure that is an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion.
Our minimally invasive surgery is performed through a small incision and offers our patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication than traditional open back surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our procedures can help you find relief from neck or back pain.
To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask for your free MRI review.*