Prevention of nerve pain

The prevention of spinal nerve pain may be a difficult task to accomplish, as the causes are varied. However, once you have a grasp on what causes nerve pain, taking preventative steps to avoid those factors can be easier to accomplish. It can also help as you seek treatment if you are already dealing with nerve pain and related symptoms.

What Can Cause Nerve Pain?

Spinal nerve pain, also known as spinal neuralgia, can occur when the spinal cord or a nerve root is compressed. For example, a bulging or herniated disc may exert pressure when displaced disc material expands into the spinal canal or a nerve root exit. Either of these conditions can occur due to age-related degeneration, but sustaining a traumatic injury during a car accident, incorrectly picking up a heavy item, or falling from a tall height and landing on your feet or buttocks can also be contributors.

Other factors that can cause nerve pain include inflammation, diseases, infections, or toxins or chemicals that interact adversely with the nerves. Nerve pain is characterized by shooting pains felt at the site of nerve impingement, with pain, weakness, numbness, spasms, and tingling radiating along the path of the nerve.

Preventive Steps

You may not always be able to control the development of nerve pain, but here are a few steps you can take to lower the risk of developing symptoms.

  • Avoid smoking. The toxins in cigarette smoke can cause spinal anatomy to deteriorate faster than normal.
  • Keep the weight off. Being overweight or obese can contribute to the development of spine conditions due to the extra pressure that excess body weight can place on the spine.
  • Maintain your posture. Check to make sure that your posture is correct when sitting and standing. Adjust computer monitors and desk chairs as needed to avoid putting additional stress on your neck and back.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items with your legs. Lifting with your back may put too much pressure on the spine and may cause a bulging or herniated disc.
  • Rest your back and neck. Your spine works hard every day, so it is important to take care of it. You can remove pressure off your back and neck by lying on the floor with your knees bent and feet on the floor.
  • Exercise and stretch. Exercising and stretching may strengthen muscles and keep the body flexible. Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

If You Develop Nerve Pain

Are you dealing with symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, cramping or weakness in your arms or legs? Have you tried conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, with no relief? At Laser Spine Institute, we provide minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery to help people find relief from back and neck pain. Contact us today for more information.

We are also pleased to offer a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.