Pinched nerve pain
- Nerve Pain
- Risk Factors
Pinched nerve pain is caused by compression of a nerve root, either from traumatic injury to the spine or a degenerative spine disorder associated with aging. The term “pinched nerve” refers to nerve compression or impingement.
Nerve compression can occur at any level of the spine, but is frequently experienced in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions. This is because the neck and lower back are allow for the body’s flexibility while supporting a great deal of weight. Continual twisting and bending, coupled with years of weight bearing, contributes to the spinal wear and tear that is a natural part of aging.
More often than not, degenerative spine conditions are asymptomatic, but pain, tingling, numbness and weakness can arise if a damaged portion of spinal anatomy touches nerve roots or the spinal cord itself. Fortunately, you may be able to manage this pain using a wide range of treatment options.
Types of pinched nerve pain treatment
Symptoms associated with a pinched nerve typically fade on their own over time. However, chronic pain or other symptoms might require medical attention, and there are several treatment options available. These include:
- Noninvasive — This is the most common course of action, including physical therapy, pain medication, behavior modification and alternative treatments such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care.
- Highly invasive — This term refers to traditional open neck and back surgery which involves removing a large portion of the spinal anatomy, inserting stabilizing hardware, a lengthy hospital stay and a long recuperation.
- Minimally invasive — These techniques are often performed on an outpatient basis, use muscle-sparing techniques and offer a shorter recovery time.^
The minimally invasive advantage
Your physician will probably start you on a nonsurgical treatment plan, which may include physical therapy, exercise or chiropractic care, among other methods. If these treatments do not help you reach your pain relief goals, consider the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery compared to traditional open neck and back surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, our board certified+ surgeons treat the symptoms of a pinched nerve using minimally invasive outpatient procedures. Our minimally invasive techniques are an alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery — which often includes a large incision, hospitalization, a long recovery and a higher risk of infection.
In contrast, our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using a small incision to avoid muscle damage and disruption.
Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery and to get your no-cost MRI review.*