Spinal pinched nerve treatment options — three natural treatments to consider
If you have a pinched nerve in your spine, your treatment will depend on the location of the affected nerve. The usual methods of addressing pinched nerve symptoms include taking medications and, in rare cases, receiving epidural steroid injections to help achieve some relief. However, if you’re seeking a more natural approach to treating pinched nerves, there are several options.
Option one: bracing
A pinched nerve in the neck can often cause numbness, pain, burning sensations and other symptoms affecting the neck, shoulder, arms or hands. To relieve some of the compression on such nerves, you may be advised to wear a neck brace for a certain amount of time or during particular activities. A brace can help gently reestablish the proper shape and length of the spine, making it a useful addition to many pinched nerve treatment regimens. Your physician can give you personalized recommendations about brace use.
Options two: physical therapy
Attending physical therapy is a natural approach to spinal pinched nerve treatment, no matter where your affected nerve may be. By completing stretches and exercises under the watchful eye of an experienced therapist, you can strengthen the muscles that support your spine and enhance the flexibility of your spinal column — goals that can reduce the pain and other symptoms you experience, depending on the underlying cause of your pinched nerve. Physical therapy can also be continued at home with exercises recommended by your therapist.
Option three: yoga
Many people with pinched nerves find that the gentle stretching involved in yoga can provide at least some temporary relief from symptoms. There are many types of yoga, but if you’re seeking help for your pinched nerves, it’s best to stick to less intense classes so that you get the full benefit of practicing poses while limiting the possibility of further injury. Also, be sure to tell your instructors about your pinched nerve because they may be able to give you personalized advice as you complete a session.
There are other natural treatment approaches for a spinal pinched nerve, as well as conventional medications and other methods. In some cases, patients who have attempted natural and other methods of pinched nerve treatment without seeing much improvement in their symptoms may find surgery to be their best option. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive surgery provides a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Our outpatient procedures can be used to treat the underlying cause of a pinched nerve and many other spine conditions.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out if you’re a candidate for our procedures.