You might need to research pinched nerve specialists if you are dealing with a painful nerve compression in your neck or back. A pinched nerve can occur as a result of muscle strains, inflamed tendons and ligaments, bone spurs, bulging discs or other spinal conditions. Symptoms can include shooting pains at the site of compression and possible radiating pain, spasms, tingling, cramping, numbness and weakness in the shoulders, arms, buttocks or legs, depending on the location of the pinched nerve.
In addition to doing your own research regarding the type of specialist to see for your particular situation, your primary care physician might recommend that you see any of the following:
- A neurologist – specializes in disorders and conditions of the nervous system
- An orthopedist – deals with the musculoskeletal system and related problems
- A chiropractor – uses spinal manipulation to address neck and back pain
Whether you go with your physician’s recommendation or you find a specialist on your own, it is important to check your specialist’s qualifications, certifications and experience. You should also consider what specialist you might feel the most comfortable with, which typically becomes apparent during your first or second appointment.
Pinched nerve specialists, like those listed above, might initially suggest a course of conservative treatments to treat your nerve compression. These types of treatments are non-surgical and include physical therapy, pain medications, hot/cold therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), spinal manipulation and more. In most cases, these sorts of conservative treatments spread out over a period of several weeks or months can provide symptomatic relief.
Laser Spine Institute
When conservative treatments do not help pinched nerve symptoms subside, your specialist might recommend surgery as the next treatment option. You should explore all of your surgical options, including the minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute. Our state-of-the-art procedures are effective alternatives to open neck and back surgery and can help you avoid large incisions, muscle dissection and a lengthy recovery. To learn more about managing your pinched nerve with our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute.