A pinched nerve in the neck demands treatment options you can trust

If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in your neck, whether from a herniated disc or another condition, you’ll find that treatment can take some dedication. While sticking faithfully to a plan and schedule might seem overwhelming in addition to dealing with your pain, the good news is that if you stick with your conservative, nonsurgical treatment plan you are very likely to see improvement, as pinched nerves — or rather, the underlying causes — often become less inflamed over time with the right treatment.

Herniated disc treatment

So, you’ve got a herniated disc in your cervical spine and it’s putting pressure on one of the spinal nerve roots, causing pain to shoot down your arm and, maybe, reducing your neck’s flexibility. You visit your physician, but you’re surprised when he or she recommends exercising your neck, of all things. However, once you are past the acute phase, when the pain is usually most severe, your body wants to heal. Mild stretching and bending exercises prevent muscle atrophy (weakening), strengthen the muscles, work out the ligaments and flex the joints in your neck and back, all of which promotes healing. Proper nutrition, quitting smoking and regular exercise are the best things for a herniated disc.

Surgery is sometimes an option

Given time and a strong commitment, a noninvasive treatment program is likely to show results. However, not everyone responds well to conservative treatment; some people’s pain may continue or even get worse. It is for these people that Laser Spine Institute offers our advanced minimally invasive spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that allow our talented surgeons to address the spinal issue that is the root of your pain. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and are often the clinically appropriate first choice compared to traditional open neck and back surgery.

If you have carefully adhered to your physician’s conservative treatment plan but have not experienced significant pain relief and your physician believes that it’s time for you to consider surgery, then contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are happy to review your MRI report or CT scan to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.