Pinched nerve alternative treatments — neck pillow

A pinched nerve in the neck or back can cause pain and other symptoms that affect your ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include pain, numbness, weakness and tingling 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.

If you are dealing with these symptoms, it is important to stay positive and proactive about your treatment, as there are many effective treatments available. One option that your doctor may suggest is a cervical pillow, also known as a neck pillow.

What is a pinched nerve?

To help better understand potential treatments, it can be helpful to understand exactly what a pinched nerve is and why it causes such debilitating symptoms. A nerve can become pinched, or compressed, by a number of degenerative spine conditions. These conditions are generally age-related and can include bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and bone spurs. These conditions can all cause displacement of spinal anatomy that narrows the spinal column and can put pressure on spinal nerves.

How a neck pillow can potentially relieve symptoms

Your doctor will generally first recommend a number of conservative treatments such as physical therapy, hot and/or cold therapy, pain medication and posture improvement to help treat your pinched nerve symptoms. One easy option you can try is a neck pillow. If your doctor has determined that the nerve causing your problems is located in the cervical (upper) section of your spine, this specially designed foam pillow can potentially offer relief.

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. Neck pillows can generally be purchased from most major retailers, but you can also ask your doctor if there is a particular type that may be best for you.

Laser Spine Institute

If a neck pillow or other conservative treatments have been unable 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 minimally invasive spine surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^

Our caring and dedicated team will be happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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