Guide to nerve root compression

A compressed nerve is the impingement of a spinal nerve root by a condition in the spine. The symptoms that signal the possibility of a compressed nerve root, such as pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness, can become chronic and debilitating over time. To take a step toward easing your compressed nerve symptoms and increasing your knowledge on this condition, read the following article.

How does a compressed nerve occur?

The parts of the spine are subjected to continuous wear over the years. These forces are usually greatest in the cervical (neck) region and the lumbar (lower back) region, where the vertebrae and other components must support weight and facilitate a wide range of movement. As the body ages, a number of degenerative spine conditions can arise. These may include:

  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Osteophyte (bone spur) growth
  • Spondylolisthesis (vertebral slippage)
  • Degenerative scoliosis

These conditions do not automatically lead to nerve root compression, but the nerves do become more prone to compression as these and other conditions destabilize the spine.

Treating compressed nerve symptoms

The symptoms associated with spinal nerve compression usually can be managed with a combination of nonsurgical treatment methods like core-strengthening exercises, stretching, better posture and occasional applications of hot and cold therapy to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. It is crucial to always develop an initial treatment with the help of your primary care doctor.

However, if conservative therapies fail to provide adequate relief after several weeks or months, consider contacting Laser Spine Institute. We specialize in minimally invasive decompression and stabilization spine procedures to address many common causes of nerve root compression. Our surgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005, and we have a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^

Reach out to our dedicated team today to learn more about nerve root compression and how our procedures may be able to help you find pain relief. Ask for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.