Neuralgia pain causes and treatments

Neuralgia pain describes the symptoms you may feel if a nerve near your spine is pinched or compressed. This pain may begin as a mild discomfort in your neck or back and then gradually increases in intensity and spreads over time. Neuralgia in the lower back may begin with slight pain with certain movements, like bending or twisting. If left untreated, this may develop into a more severe neuralgia pain that extends from the lower back into the buttocks, legs and even the feet.

If you are experiencing this type of pain, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to find out what is causing your neuralgia pain. Because the nerves along your spine are often wedged between the spine and the core muscles, the nerve can be compressed by anything ranging from an inflamed muscle to a damaged section of the spine. Once your physician determines the cause of your neuralgia pain, you can begin a treatment plan for pain relief.

Conditions that cause neuralgia pain

While sometimes nerve pain is caused by a mild condition like a strained muscle, other times the pain stems from a more serious condition, like a degenerative spine condition. Degenerative spine conditions, such as herniated discs or bone spurs, develop due to age and the natural wear of the spine.

Other common spine conditions that may cause neuralgia pain include:

  • Facet disease (spinal osteoarthritis)
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Osteophytes (bone spurs)
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

Treatments for neuralgia pain

Many times, your treatment will be based on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. Possible conservative treatment methods include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Chiropractic care
  • Lifestyle changes

If you have been trying nonsurgical treatments for months and you still have neuralgia pain, it may be time to consider a minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeries have a lower rate of infection of 0.49% and a lower complication rate of 3%^ compared to highly invasive traditional open back surgery.

If you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, we offer spine decompression and stabilization surgeries to treat the most common causes of nerve pain. Our procedures have a no lengthy recovery^ and have helped more than 75,000 patients to date find relief from their chronic conditions.

If you are suffering from nerve pain, it’s time to take the next step toward reclaiming your life by contacting Laser Spine Institute and requesting a no-cost MRI review.*