Neuralgia overview

Neuralgia is a broad term used to describe pain and other symptoms related to nerve dysfunction. Neurological pain can affect any part of the body and often is the result of a minor injury, such as a strained muscle or sprained ligament.

Another major cause of neuralgia is nerve compression or irritation associated with a degenerative spine condition. The components of the spine — vertebrae, discs, facet joints and ligaments — can begin to break down over years of wear and tear. When this happens, sections of the spine may move out of alignment and space is then reduced for the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots can produce localized pain at the site of the compression, pain that travels the length of the affected nerve, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness — all of which are forms of neuralgia.

Treatment for neuralgia

Because the term neuralgia is used to describe such a wide variety of neurological symptoms, treatment options vary greatly. In general, spinal neuralgia — pain and other symptoms that originate with nerve dysfunction within the spine — can be treated using conservative methods such as:

  • Pain medication
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Stretching and other exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative treatments such as chiropractic therapy and acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Heat and cold applications

These methods can often be combined under the guide of your physician or spine care specialist. Typically, these nonsurgical treatments require a few months before lasting relief can be experienced, though some patients may find relief sooner. However, if several months of treatment have passed and you are still suffering, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Minimally invasive alternative

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.

Depending on the severity of the nerve compression and the damage in the spine, we may recommend a minimally invasive spine procedure. We offer two categories of minimally invasive spine surgery – a decompression and a stabilization. Both procedures aim to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve near the spine. For many patients, a decompression surgery is the most appropriate choice to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve near the spine. However, some patients require a stabilization surgery, which both relieves nerve compression and returns stability to the spine.

To determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery to relieve nerve compression, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Let us help you take the next step toward pain relief by reviewing your MRI report or CT scan and recommending the best treatment option available to you.