Pinched Nerve Alternative Treatments – Neck Pillow
A pinched nerve in the neck or back can cause any of a variety of symptoms that may threaten your ability to enjoy a normal, functional lifestyle. Symptoms of a pinched nerve can include pain, numbness, weakness, tingling and more, and can quickly make it difficult to do simple things like walk the dog, sit at your desk at work, go golfing with friends or any of the other activities you do on a daily basis. There are, however, a number of conservative and alternative treatments that can often be very effective in managing the pain and other symptoms of a pinched nerve, and one option is a cervical (neck) pillow.
What is a pinched nerve?
First, before discussing potential treatments, it’s best to understand exactly what a pinched nerve is and why it causes such debilitating symptoms. A nerve can become pinched – or compressed – by a variety of degenerative spine conditions, which are conditions that arise naturally as part of the aging process. These conditions can include bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, bone spurs and more. In short, when any of these spinal conditions causes the impingement of the spinal cord or a nerve root, this is when symptoms arise.
Your physician will typically suggest you try physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, pain medications or any of a variety of other conservative treatments to help treat your pinched nerve symptoms. One easy option you can try is a cervical (or neck) pillow. If your physician has determined that the nerve causing your problems is located in the cervical (or upper) section of your spine, this specially designed foam pillow can help ease your pain. Made of a special material and shaped in a specific way, these neck pillows can help provide support and encourage proper positioning of your neck while you sleep, which can potentially ease the symptoms of your pinched nerve. Most neck pillows can be purchased relatively inexpensively at a local department store.
Laser Spine Institute
If a neck pillow or other conservative treatments have failed to help you with your symptoms after weeks or months of trying, you may be a candidate for an elective surgical treatment. If so, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our advanced, minimally invasive procedures, which are effective and can help you find relief from neck and back pain.