- Risk Factors
Neuralgia pain is a term used to describe the symptoms of a pinched nerve. In this case, neuralgia pain refers to the pain of a pinched nerve in the neck or back along the spine. The pain often begins slowly and can increase, traveling from the neck or back and into the extremities, like the arms or legs.
Because the nerves along the spine are so close to the spine and the surrounding muscles, there are many potential causes for one of these nerves to become pinched or compressed. The most common cause of neuralgia pain is a degenerative spine condition, which describes the damage developed in the spine due to the natural aging and breakdown of the discs and joints in the spine.
Common symptoms of neuralgia pain
Neuralgia symptoms can be widespread, depending on the cause, location and severity of the nerve pain. However, the most common symptoms that occur with a pinched nerve include:
- Sharp, acute pain
- Dull, throbbing, chronic pain
- Muscle weakness
- Stiffness and soreness
- Pain that radiates along the nerve
- Increased sensitivity
Finding relief from neuralgia
The best way to find pain relief for neuralgia pain is to schedule an appointment with your physician so he or she can perform a physical examination and order image testing of your spine (MRI or CT scan). These tests can help your physician diagnose the cause of your nerve pain and the best treatment option to help you find pain relief.
Many patients can find lasting pain relief from neuralgia through conservative methods of treatment, such as pain medication and physical therapy. Your physician can recommend a treatment based on your medical history and the cause of your nerve pain.
Conservative treatments often take about two or three months before lasting pain relief is experienced. During this time, you should stay in contact with your physician and report any serious pain or discomfort during your treatment. If, after several months of nonsurgical treatments, you are still experiencing chronic pain in the neck or back, you should ask your physician about the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.
Minimally invasive surgery for neuralgia
Your neuralgia pain doesn’t have to control your life and prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. Contact Laser Spine Institute and ask about how our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.
Our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery decreases our patients’ risks of infection and reduces the recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery. Depending on the severity and location of your condition, you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. While many patients are able to find relief with our decompression surgery, other more severe cases of spine damage may require a stabilization surgery. Both types of procedures are performed in our outpatient surgery centers, allowing our patients to experience a higher patient satisfaction score than traditional open back surgery that typically requires several days of hospitalization.
Contact us today to look over your MRI or CT scan and find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries.