Compressed nerve treatments for lasting relief
Spinal nerve compression can cause debilitating symptoms that disrupt your relationships, work and everyday activities. The goal of compressed nerve treatments is generally to relieve pain and help improve range of motion to comfortably engage in normal life. While patients often associate treatment of spinal nerve compression with surgery, the truth is that it is often seen as a last resort.
Conservative compressed nerve treatments
Spinal nerve compression can produce localized pain, shooting or radiating pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in the areas of the body stimulated by the pinched nerve. If the compression occurs in the cervical (upper) region, the symptoms will be felt in the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands. If it occurs in the lower (lumbar) region, symptoms can be experienced in the back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes.
Upon diagnosing the source of these symptoms, doctors will start compressed nerve treatment with a course of conservative treatment options. Nonsurgical treatment methods that might be attempted include:
- Exercise to improve core strength
- Stretching to improve flexibility
- Cold applications to reduce inflammation
- Hot applications to improve blood flow
- Lifestyle changes to improve posture, avoid high-impact activities, manage weight or quit smoking
- Pain or anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical therapy
The combination of treatments used will depend on the overall health of the patient, the location of the nerve compression and other factors that the doctor or physical therapist must take into account. If symptoms persist and remain debilitating after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery might be recommended.
Surgical compressed nerve treatments
Surgery to relieve the symptoms of nerve compression can be performed either as a highly invasive traditional open neck or back operation, or with minimally invasive spine surgery, like the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. By using a less than 1-inch incision, our board-certified surgeons+ can access the spine with less muscle disruption, leading to an outpatient procedure and less risk of complication compared to traditional procedures. Our entire team is committed to patient-centered care and we offer a streamlined experience in our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States.
If you have been recommended for surgery to relieve your pain from a compressed nerve, contact us today to learn more about our minimally invasive compressed nerve treatments. We offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.