Three reasons why pinched nerve surgery may be the treatment option you need
A spinal pinched nerve can occur when a disc, vertebra or other component of the spine comes in contact with a nearby nerve root. This can cause pain and inflammation at the location of the pinched nerve as well as numbness, tingling or muscle weakness that extends through one of the extremities. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be wondering if pinched nerve surgery is the right option for you.
Reasons why surgery may be the right treatment option
Pinched nerve surgery is typically only considered as a last resort after all other treatment options have been exhausted. However, it’s important to know when to start considering pinched nerve surgery for your neck or back pain. Here are three indicators that may tell you it’s time to discuss surgical treatment with your physician:
- Symptoms do not respond to conservative treatments. Conservative treatments may include pain and anti-inflammatory medications, hot/cold compresses, physical therapy, low-impact exercises or steroid injections. If you’ve been using conservative treatment methods for weeks or months without any improvement in your symptoms, surgery may be necessary to address the underlying cause of the symptoms.
- Symptoms have been worsening over time. Whether or not conservative treatments provide some relief, symptoms that become more severe over time are an indication that the condition is continuing to worsen. This may be an indicator that surgery is needed to prevent the condition from causing more damage.
- Symptoms interfere with your ability to do your job. Living with neck or back pain may require some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to manage symptoms effectively. However, when symptoms start getting in the way of most of your activities or your ability to do your job, a more direct treatment like pinched nerve surgery may need to be considered.
Pinched nerve surgery at Laser Spine Institute
If your physician recommends pinched nerve surgery to treat your spinal condition, you have a couple of options available. As an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective option that requires less than a 1-inch incision.^ At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive outpatient procedures that help our patients find the relief they need from spinal pinched nerves and other conditions that affect the spine.
To find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.