A pinched nerve diagnosis — what does it mean?

A pinched nerve diagnosis could mean a number of things. It could mean that you have a minor injury from daily activities that should heal in about a week, or it could mean that you have a more serious spine condition that may take several months to heal.

Understanding your pinched nerve diagnosis means understanding what has caused your pinched nerve and what treatment steps are available to you. If you’re still concerned or overwhelmed by your diagnosis, contact your doctor or one of our spine care specialists at Laser Spine Institute to discuss what a pinched nerve is and some effective treatment options to help reduce your pain.

What is a pinched nerve, and how is it caused?

Nerve compression is another term for a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve diagnosis simply means that one of your spinal nerves, or the spinal cord itself, is under pressure. This pressure can be caused by a variety of degenerative spine conditions pressing against the spinal cord or a nerve root in the spinal canal. The most common degenerative spine conditions include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet disease

These conditions often develop as the natural byproduct of the aging process of the spine. By themselves, none of these conditions guarantee that you will experience any pain or other symptoms. However, when one of these conditions causes a pinched nerve, symptoms and pain may arise.

Treatment options

After you receive a pinched nerve diagnosis, you and your physician can work together to find the best treatment option to fit your condition and lifestyle. For many people, pinched nerves can be effectively relieved with nonsurgical methods of treatment, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Yoga and stretching
  • Massage therapy
  • Spinal injections

These treatments aim to alleviate the pain by either reducing the pressure on the spinal nerve or by blocking the pain receptors to the brain. Often, these treatments will reduce the pain of a pinched nerve after several months of consistent treatment.

An alternative

If you’ve failed to achieve pain relief after weeks or months of conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We offer minimally invasive spine surgery to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve by removing a portion of the damaged disc or joint that is pressing against the nerve and causing you pain. Because we take a minimally invasive approach to the spine, our procedures are safer and effective than traditional open neck or back surgery, and our patients can experience a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time.^

To date, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief with our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures. While many causes of a pinched nerve can be treated with a decompression surgery that simply removes pressure from the pinched nerve, some severe spine conditions may require a stabilization surgery to regain support in the spine.

To see if you are a candidate for our surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan.

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