Treatment for a pinched nerve in the back

If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in the neck or back, treatment is usually required to relieve the symptoms. In most cases, the treatment needed for pain relief can be accomplished from the comfort of your own home with a variety of conservative techniques. However, some cases of a pinched nerve will require spine surgery to ease the painful symptoms. To learn about the conservative and surgical options available to you, read the following article.

Nonsurgical treatments for a pinched nerve

Sometimes, a pinched nerve is a result of an injury or muscle strain and only needs time to heal. However, nerve compression can also result from spine deterioration and demand a more rigorous treatment plan. Treatment options vary depending on the severity and origin of your pain, but doctors usually recommend starting with conservative options.

Some of the most common conservative treatments include:

  • Exercise or stretching techniques. One of the best things you can do to overcome minor back problems is to increase the strength and flexibility of your back with a targeted exercise plan. You need to be careful not to overdo your workout. With the help of a trained professional, you can determine a regimen of low-impact exercises and stretches to combat pain.
  • Heat therapy. Heat reduces swelling and increases blood flow to your injury, which helps the healing process. Both hot packs and hot tub therapy can be helpful and soothing.
  • Medication. Pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), topical medications, muscle relaxants and epidural steroid injections can help reduce your symptoms while you heal.
  • Proper diet. Reducing the stress placed on your back is a great way to lessen back pain. The lower back is responsible for supporting much of the body’s weight, so losing excess pounds can be a great way to reduce stress on the spine. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist to develop a diet that works for you.
  • Elevate your feet while you sleep. This further reduces the stress on your back, giving it time to heal.

When conservative treatment is not enough for your pinched nerve

If these pinched nerve conservative back treatment options don’t alleviate your pain after several weeks or months, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are often the clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^

These outpatient surgeries require smaller incisions, which reduces hospital-associated costs and allows for a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Reach out to us today for more information and to receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our pinched nerve surgery.