Five overlooked pinched nerve treatment options
Pinched nerve treatment frequently includes medications, exercises, short-term bed rest and perhaps even the application of heat (to encourage blood flow and stimulate healing) or ice (to reduce pain and alleviate swelling). Yet, while these options are among the most common, they’re certainly not the only pinched nerve treatments that people can consider.
Complementary and alternative pinched nerve therapies
While complementary and alternative therapies are less commonly recommended than traditional ones, many individuals have achieved significant pain relief by exploring these options. The best approach is to use these therapies as a supplement to — not a replacement for — conventional pinched nerve treatment options.
Five common complementary and alternative pinched nerve treatments include:
- Yoga — gentle stretching and strengthening exercises
- Acupuncture — the use of strategically placed needles to stimulate healing, enhance energy flow and provide pain relief
- Chiropractic care — the use of physical techniques and manual manipulation to reposition the spine
- Therapeutic massage — the application of light pressure to alleviate pain and promote relaxation
- Herbal supplements — the use of St. John’s wort, lavender oil, turmeric and other natural herbs to alleviate pain
Discussing complementary and alternative therapies with a physician
Before beginning a new treatment — whether traditional or alternative — it’s always important to discuss it with an experienced physician. Not only can a medical professional provide advice on whether it’s safe to combine with other treatments (for instance, certain herbal remedies can interfere with the effects of traditional pharmaceuticals), but he or she can also help create realistic expectations for the type of results the treatment can provide. Like traditional nonsurgical therapies, alternative approaches only help lessen symptoms — not address the pinched nerve itself. Knowing what to expect before getting started can be helpful.
Of course, some people try numerous nonsurgical pinched nerve treatment options without achieving the desired results. When this is the case, surgery might become a consideration.
At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that has a shorter recovery period compared to traditional procedures, allowing most of our patients to be up and walking shortly after surgery.^ To find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive pinched nerve treatment at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today and we will help you evaluate your options.