Nerve pain symptoms

Nerve pain symptoms in the neck or back are caused by the compression of spinal nerves. While factors like disease, infection, tumors or congenital defects can cause nerve pain, these symptoms are more commonly caused by the natural aging process and, in some cases, traumatic injury. Underlying conditions that it in the spine are bulging discs, herniated discs, bone spurs and spondylolisthesis.

Living with these symptoms can be disruptive to your life, taking you away from work, friends and family. Learning about the nature and causes of nerve pain can be a great start to finding the treatment necessary to return to a full and active life.

The stages of nerve pain

Nerve pain symptoms vary depending on how long the nerve remains compressed. Various levels of nerve pain can be described as follows:

  • Mild – Symptoms of mild nerve compression could include a slight electric or tingling sensation that travels from the neck or back and through the extremities.
  • Moderate – Moderate nerve pain symptoms from ongoing nerve compression are shooting pains, a pins-and-needles sensation and occasional numbness caused by the nerve’s ability to send signals to the brain is impaired.
  • Severe – Severe nerve compression can result in chronic numbness, loss of feeling and even paralysis or muscle atrophy when signals are no longer being sent.

Finding effective treatment for nerve pain

Many patients suffering from mild or moderate nerve pain symptoms are able to find relief with conservative treatments like hot and cold compresses, lifestyle changes, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and light exercise, as well as other methods.

If your nerve pain does not improve after weeks or months of these conservative treatment methods and you feel your condition is worsening, contact Laser Spine Institute. We specialize in a variety of minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that are an alternative to traditional open back surgery.

Our surgeons use smaller incisions to perform both minimally invasive decompression as well as stabilization procedures that help treat nerve pain at the source while sparing muscles and offering a shorter recovery time than more invasive procedures. To date, we have helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain in our state-of-the-art surgery centers. To learn more about becoming a candidate, reach out to our Care Team today for a no-cost review of your MRI report.*