Specific symptoms of nerve pain

Nerve pain related to compression of a spinal nerve is often accompanied by a number of additional symptoms that can affect your quality of life.

Whether your nerve pain is caused by an injury, pulled muscle or spine condition, the symptoms are often similar. The most common symptoms of nerve pain in the spine include:

  • Localized pain at the site of the pinched nerve
  • Shooting pain into the upper or lower extremities
  • Local and radiating numbness, weakness or tingling
  • Mobility problems

Activities like walking and sitting may become difficult if you have nerve pain in your lower back; likewise, driving and sleeping may be difficult with a pinched nerve in your neck.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you believe they may be related to nerve pain, it is important to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. He or she can recommend a treatment plan designed to help relieve your pain so you can get back to the lifestyle you enjoy.

Managing the symptoms of nerve pain

The first step to pain relief is often through conservative treatment recommended by your doctor. Conservative nonsurgical treatment often helps ease the symptoms of nerve pain while the body attempts to heal the source of nerve compression. The most common forms of conservative management include:

  • Pain medication, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants
  • Hot or cold compression therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture or herbal remedies
  • Lifestyle changes like posture improvement or weight management
  • Spinal injections

In the case of degenerative spine conditions such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis that are causing nerve pain, surgery is usually seen as a last resort. However if you are being recommended surgery after fully exhausting conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery.

Nerve pain treatment at Laser Spine Institute

The outpatient procedures at Laser Spine Institute offer patients a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures are designed to remove the pressure on a pinched nerve in the spine that is causing nerve pain and related symptoms. Since 2005 we’ve been able to help more than 75,000 patients at our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States.

If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask a member of our dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*