Severe nerve pain

Nerve pain, also called neuralgia, can range in severity from very mild to chronic and debilitating. Milder nerve pain can be short-lived tingling and numbness from a muscle cramp or strain. Severe nerve pain can be constant and debilitating, resulting in symptoms like burning and shooting pain in addition to numbness, tingling and weakness.

Prolonged nerve pain can lead to permanent nerve damage, even causing paralysis or muscle atrophy if left untreated. If you have been dealing with severe nerve pain, it is extremely important to get treatment, not only to lessen risk of permanent nerve damage, but also so you can get back to the quality of life you have been missing.

What causes severe nerve pain?

A frequent cause of severe neuralgia in the neck or back is the age-related breakdown of spinal parts, like discs and joints. Deterioration of these parts can narrow the already tight spinal canal or foraminal opening and compress the spinal cord or a nerve root. Here are some examples of degenerative spine conditions that can cause nerve pain:

• Herniated discs
• Bulging discs
• Bone spurs
• Spinal stenosis
• Spondylolisthesis

In addition to degenerative conditions, severe nerve pain can also be caused by birth defects, metabolic or hormonal disorders, inflammatory diseases or physical trauma.

Minimally invasive treatments for severe nerve pain

If your nerve pain has progressed from a mild to severe state, you may have already tried weeks or months of conservative treatments. If methods like pain medication, intermittent rest, physical therapy, hot-cold compresses or other nonsurgical therapies have not been able to return you to normal activity, your doctor may discuss surgical options with you.

Traditional open back surgery to treat a compressed nerve requires a large muscle-severing incision that can lead to a long and painful recovery period. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive, outpatient surgery as an alternative to traditional open spine procedures.

Our surgeons can help decompress spinal nerves using smaller incisions that lower the risks and shorten the longer recovery time§ associated with open spine surgery. Contact our team today for a no-cost review of your MRI* to see if you’re a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.