Pinched Nerve | What to do When Symptoms Get Out of Hand

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, naturally occurs as a result of the aging process. This condition can affect any part of the body, including the neck and back. Osteoarthritis is most prevalent in women over the age of 45 and can typically cause symptoms such as a sharp or burning pain in the lower back, due to the fact that these are joints that bear weight and function.

The discomfort felt from this condition can result in incapacitating back pain, making everyday tasks such as bending, lifting or twisting extremely difficult to endure. Read on to learn about the association between osteoarthritis and a pinched nerve as well as the best treatment for your specific condition.

Osteoarthritis and pinched nerves in the spinal column

Pain, numbness and tingling can occur when osteoarthritis causes a pinched nerve. A nerve can become pinched when the spinal canal narrows as a result of bone spurs, which are a common side effect of osteoarthritis. Depending on where the pinched nerve is located, symptoms may be felt anywhere in the body, including the fingers, toes and ribs. Patients experiencing the symptoms of a pinched nerve caused by osteoarthritis will typically be prescribed one or more of the following conservative treatments:

  • Bed rest
  • Heat massage
  • Cortisone injections
  • Pain medications
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Weight management
  • Physical therapy

Surgical options for osteoarthritis

When symptoms resulting from this debilitating condition become unmanageable by conservative treatments, a patient may require surgery to treat the affected joint. The minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute require a less than 1-inch incision, and require no lengthy recovery^ compared to traditional open back surgery. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information on our outpatient procedures and how they can be used to treat osteoarthritis or a pinched nerve.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery,^ we have helped more than 75,000 patients to date find relief from their chronic neck and back pain since 2005. Reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for your no-cost MRI review* today to determine if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.

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