Signs of neuralgia

Neuralgia pain is a term used to describe the symptoms of a pinched or compressed 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 such as 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 that developed in the spine due to the natural degeneration of the discs and joints. To learn about the symptom of neuralgia pain, as well as methods for relief, read the following article.

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 and acute pain
  • Dull, throbbing and chronic pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness and soreness
  • Pain that radiates along the nerve
  • Increased sensitivity

Finding relief from neuralgia

The best way to find pain relief from neuralgia pain is to schedule an appointment with your doctor 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 doctor 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 doctor can recommend a treatment based on your medical history and the cause of your nerve pain. Conservative treatments often take several weeks or months before lasting pain relief is experienced.

During this time, you should stay in contact with your doctor 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 doctor 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 how our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Our minimally invasive procedures have a lower risk of complication and a shorter 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 can find relief with our decompression surgery, more severe cases of spine damage may require a stabilization surgery. Both types of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, resulting in no hospital stay^ compared to the two- to five-day hospital stay associated with traditional open spine surgery. Reach out to us for a free MRI review* to see if our procedures would be effective for you.