Six exercises you can do for spinal pinched nerve treatment
A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is being compressed by the surrounding components, such as bone or soft tissues. The nerve roots that are located in the spine are most susceptible to being pinched because of the compact nature of the spinal canal. When a nerve is pinched, especially in the spine, localized pain can develop. However, depending on the location of the pinched nerve, the pain may radiate to other parts of the body. In some cases, patients who are diagnosed with a pinched nerve can find relief by simply resting the affected area.
A physician may also advise a patient to follow a conservative, nonsurgical treatment regimen to manage his or her symptoms. Some of these treatment methods include physical therapy, medications and hot and cold therapy, and are usually successful in bringing relief to the pain and discomfort of a pinched nerve.
Exercises for a pinched nerve
Another way to relieve the pain associated with a pinched nerve is through exercise. Here are six exercises you can do for spinal pinched nerve treatment:
- Hamstring stretch — This exercise involves starting in a sitting position and leaning forward to touch your toes with your fingers.
- Chin extension — Sit in a chair and place interlocked fingers behind your head. Move your chin down and to the right at the same time. Repeat these steps on the left side.
- Twist — Begin in a sitting position with your legs at shoulder width. Place your left hand on your right knee and extend your body forward to stretch the muscles in your back. Repeat these steps on the other side.
- Side bends — Stand with your hands on your hips. Be sure to maintain a straight posture. Lean both sides of the body to stretch your lower back.
- Shoulder shrugs — Stand with both arms at your sides and shrug your shoulders.
- Bench press with a broom — Lie down on your back while holding a broom across your body. Lift the broom upwards until your arms are completely extended and your shoulders are straight.
Minimally invasive procedures
For patients with symptoms that do not respond to conservative pinched nerve treatment methods after weeks or months, surgery is recommended. Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.
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