Recovery time for a pinched nerve

Doctor discussing recovery time for a pinched nerve

Pinched nerve recovery time depends on both the amount of damage that was done at the time the nerve became pinched, as well as the type of treatment you choose. Every person will respond differently to treatment, but your doctor can perform a physical examination and run a series of tests to estimate how long it might take for you to recover from your pinched nerve symptoms. While everyone is different, choosing from the procedures outlined below can greatly reduce your recovery time for a pinched nerve.

Conservative treatments for a pinched nerve

Oftentimes, simply resting and using heat and ice therapy can ease the symptoms of the pinched nerve, but there are some other things you can do to speed up the recovery process. Practicing good body mechanics such as good posture, proper lifting techniques and proper sleep positions can minimize the symptoms of a pinched nerve and prevent them from worsening.

Furthermore, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can reduce swelling around the affected nerve and provide pain relief. More aggressive treatments like epidural steroid injections and physical therapy also may be helpful for patients experiencing significant pain.

Pinched nerve surgical interventions

It is important to keep in mind that these treatments do not always provide permanent relief and it is not a cure for a pinched nerve. In cases where pain has become chronic or where damage is permanent, your doctor may recommend seeing if you are a candidate for surgery. Laser Spine Institute can perform pinched nerve surgery using minimally invasive techniques that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and do not require a lengthy recovery.^

Through our advanced procedures, patients are able to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery and 81 percent return to work within three months after surgery.^ Our procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, so the risk of complications and infections is drastically reduced. We have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005 find relief from chronic neck and back pain.^

If you have been dealing with the pain of a pinched nerve and conservative pinched nerve treatment isn’t working for you, Laser Spine Institute can help. Contact us today and we will schedule a no-cost MRI review* to discuss how we can help you find relief from your pinched nerve symptoms.

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