What kinds of specialists treat a pinched nerve?
You might need to research pinched nerve specialists if you are dealing with 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.
Types of doctors who specialize in pinched nerve treatment
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 for more involved diagnosis and treatment:
- 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 doctor’s recommendation or you find a specialist on your own, it is important to check his or her qualifications, certifications and experience.
A specialist might initially suggest a course of conservative methods to treat a pinched nerve. These types of treatments are nonsurgical and include physical therapy, pain medications, hot/cold therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), spinal manipulation and more. In a high number of cases, following the recommended conservative treatments over a course of several weeks or months can provide lasting relief.
The spine specialists at Laser Spine Institute
When conservative treatments do not help pinched nerve symptoms, your specialist might recommend surgery as the next treatment option. As you explore treatments, you should contact our caring team to learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgery provided by Laser Spine Institute. Our outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open neck and back surgery, offering our patients less risk of complication.
We are happy to help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.