How can I treat a pinched nerve at home?
A pinched nerve, or compressed nerve, can happen nearly anywhere in the body, but it is especially common in the spinal column. This is both because there are so many nerves traveling through such a densely packed area and because the spine is put under so much stress. Conditions such as bulging discs or bone spurs can narrow the already tight spaces, leading to a pinched nerve that can cause a range of painful symptoms.
Although dealing with nerve-related pain can seriously affect your life, fortunately there are a number of effective pinched nerve treatment options, including those that can be performed at home. The following guide to specific at-home treatments can help you better work with your doctor to create a comprehensive spine care plan to get back to the active lifestyle you deserve.
At-home pinched nerve treatment
While many people associate spinal pinched nerve treatment with in-office methods such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, spinal injections or massage, therapies performed at home can be just as important. Talk to your doctor about these at-home pinched nerve treatments:
- Alternating hot and cold therapy. Alternating a heat source, such as a heating pad, with an ice pack can help relax tense muscles, improve circulation, temporarily numb pain and fight inflammation.
- Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. If you’ve been cleared by your doctor, performing physical therapy exercises or restorative yoga at home can help strengthen supporting muscles and improve flexibility.
- Herbal remedies. Certain naturally occurring substances, such as ginger or turmeric, are believed to have pain relieving and/or anti-inflammatory properties if taken as a supplement or added into a healthy diet. Keep your doctor informed of any herbal remedies you take to make sure they are compatible with any of your current medications.
- Posture correction. Good posture is critical to spine health and patients should focus on spinal alignment at all times of day, whether at home or out and about.
Other pinched nerve treatment options
Very often, patients are able to find the relief they need for a good quality of life by developing a treatment plan including both at-home and in-office treatments. Others may start to seek out a specialist to discuss surgical options if weeks or months of conservative treatment do not bring the relief necessary for a good quality of life. To learn more about the full range of pinched nerve treatments available, including our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
Our procedures can be performed with a less than 1-inch incision using muscle-sparing techniques, offering our patients a reduced risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.^
If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask a member of our caring and dedicated team for your free MRI review.*