What is the treatment for a pinched nerve?
If you are diagnosed with a pinched nerve in your neck or back, your treatment will depend mainly on the type and severity of your symptoms. Many people have pinched nerves that cause only minor discomfort, while others may experience debilitating symptoms. It is important for you to communicate openly with your physician about your pain and other symptoms so he or she can develop a treatment plan suited to your particular needs.
Starting with conservative treatment
In all but the most severe, emergency-level cases, the treatment of a pinched nerve starts with conservative methods. Nonsurgical therapies are typically sufficient for addressing symptoms and helping people affected by a pinched nerve return to their regular activities. In some cases, these treatments may temporarily relieve painful pressure on a nerve root.
Regularly recommended conservative treatment options include:
- Physical exercise (both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises)
- Gentle stretches
- Applying heat and/or ice to the affected areas
- Taking medications to address pain and/or relax tense muscles
When surgery might be an option
Due to its inherent risks, surgery is usually recommended only for people who need emergency intervention or those who have already tried weeks or months of conservative pinched nerve treatment without seeing any meaningful improvement in their symptoms. For those individuals, surgery may be a promising option because it can directly address the underlying cause of the condition, such as a bone spur or bulging disc.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer patients an alternative to highly invasive open back procedures with our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and don’t require a lengthy recovery.^
To find out if you’re a candidate, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for your no-cost MRI review.