Learn about alternative treatments for neuralgia

Neuralgia is a term for nerve pain, including nerve pain originating in the spine. This can be caused by a number of reasons including degenerative spine conditions such as a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis or bone spurs.

Upon diagnosing one of these conditions as the cause of neuralgia, doctors will typically recommend conservative therapy as the first line of treatment. The goal of conservative treatments is to relieve pain while improving affected motor skills. Commonly recommended options include medication, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy and lifestyle changes like a better diet and regular exercise.

To complement a conventional conservative treatment plan, many patients also turn to alternative methods that are outside of the medical mainstream. While there still isn’t evidence to fully support these methods, many people do report finding lasting relief from pursuing one or more alternative treatments. The following information can help you learn more about alternative treatments for neuralgia to help you make an informed choice about whether they may be right for you.

Examples of alternative treatments for nerve pain

Some examples of alternative treatments for neuralgia include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Other holistic treatments

These treatments can often be combined, though you should always consult your doctor before beginning or changing any treatment.

When to consider surgery for neuralgia

Spine surgery is sometimes recommended to treat nerve pain in the spine if conservative and alternative treatments have been exhausted, but that doesn’t have to mean a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery. Some patients may be candidates for minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, which offers a lower risk and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery.

Our board-certified surgeons+ provide two types of minimally invasive surgery — decompression and stabilization — to help relieve pressure from an affected spinal nerve that is causing your pain and symptoms. These procedures both utilize muscle-sparing techniques, allowing them to be performed on an outpatient basis with less risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.

If you’d like to learn more, and find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today for your no-cost MRI review.*