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If you suffer from neuralgia, there are a number of treatments available — ranging from noninvasive physical therapy to highly invasive open spine surgery — that may be able to relieve your pain. For many patients, a series of conservative treatments is effective in reducing the symptoms of neuralgia. However, other patients may require more in-depth treatment in the form of spine surgery.
To determine which treatment options provide you with the best chance for overcoming your neuralgia pain, it is important that you first visit your physician to accurately identify the source of your symptoms.
Neuralgia is a term used to describe pain that travels the length of a nerve. It can be caused by something as simple as a minor muscle strain or tweak, or it may be traced to a more serious degenerative spine condition in your back or neck.
To confidently identify the cause of your neuralgia and learn which treatments will best work for your condition, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. In many cases, your physician will work with you to create a conservative treatment plan that combines nonsurgical treatments.
Some common conservative treatments include:
- The use of pain medication, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or muscle relaxants
- Physical therapy, low-impact exercises and stretching techniques
- Hot-cold therapy also known as cutaneous therapy
- Limited rest
- Lifestyle changes like diet or quitting smoking
- Alternative medicine treatments such as acupuncture or chiropractic care
If your neuralgia pain continues through several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment, spine surgery may be considered. There are many options for spine surgery available, so be sure to thoroughly research your treatment options before moving forward with a procedure.
For example, you should know the minimally invasive spine surgery performed by Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or open back surgery. These minimally invasive procedures include minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization, both of which are used to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve and maintain stability in the spine.
To find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. Our Care Team can review your MRI report to see if we can help you get your life back from neuralgia pain.