What are my options for nerve pain treatment?
- Nerve Pain
- Risk Factors
If you’re suffering from spinal nerve pain, treatment can come in a variety of forms. Once a doctor has diagnosed the cause of your condition, he or she can work with you to design an appropriate treatment plan.
Many patients suffering from nerve pain can find relief through a full course of conservative treatments such as over-the-counter pain medication, rest and low-impact nerve pain exercises, as well as other options.
Holistic nerve pain treatment
Some patients also seek relief from nerve pain with alternative, holistic treatments. These methods focus on the overall well-being and health of the whole body, including the management of pain signals being sent between compressed spinal nerves and the brain.
Some examples of holistic therapies include:
• Yoga — a system of breathing and strengthening poses where the goal is to put you in closer communication with your body
• Acupuncture — an alternative medical practice where small needles are carefully inserted into nerve pathways with the aim of promoting blood flow and “scrambling” nerve signals to give relief from nerve pain
• Massage therapy —a licensed massage therapist can relax muscles and potentially take pressure off of a compressed nerve
• Chiropractic adjustment —manual alignment of the spine that can, at least temporarily, be an effective nerve pain treatment option
There are many mainstream medical doctors who are starting to use these and other alternative therapies to complement a more conventional treatment plan. Even if you are seeking these treatments out independently, it is important to keep your primary care physician informed of any alternative treatments you decide to pursue.
Minimally invasive options for nerve pain treatment
If weeks or months of conservative or holistic treatments do not relieve nerve pain symptoms, your physician may suggest spine surgery.
Keep in mind that there are alternatives to highly invasive, traditional open spine surgeries. In comparison to traditional procedures that require large, muscle-tearing incisions and hospitalization followed by a leng^thy recovery, minimally invasive procedures present fewer risks and a shorter recovery period.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We have a highly skilled team of surgeons who can help treat nerve pain at the source with procedures that often require a less than 1-inch incision.
Contact us today to request a no-cost review of your MRI* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.