Pinched nerve therapy
Pinched nerve therapy is often required to help patients find relief from the pain, numbness and tingling associated with a pinched nerve.
Before the best treatment option can be decided, you must schedule an appointment with your physician 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 physician or spine specialist has determined the spine condition that is causing your pinched nerve, your physician can recommend treatment options that are often effective in relieving pain for your condition. 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.
Many patients experience relief from conservative treatment within a few days or weeks, though some patients and some conditions may require a longer period of time. Conservative treatment options include:
- Bed rest
- Hot or cold compresses
- Over-the-counter pain medications
- Physical therapy
- 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, chiropractics, massage therapy and exercise programs such as yoga and Pilates.
You may find that these remedies are most effective when combined with conservative treatments. Always discuss these options with your primary care physician or back specialist to minimize the risk for side effects and/or injury.
Minimally invasive surgery for a pinched nerve
If the above methods of pinched nerve therapy fail 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. Or, the surgeons can remove the herniated disc altogether and replace it with an artificial disc and bone grafts.
Our minimally invasive surgery is performed through a small incision and offers our patients a shorter recovery time,^ lower risk and higher patient satisfaction rate than traditional open back surgery.
Contact Laser Spine Institute to receive a review of your MRI or CT scan, and to learn how our procedures can help you find relief from neck or back pain.