Treatment options for a pinched nerve in the neck

If you are dealing with a pinched nerve in your neck, you’ll find that treatment can take some dedication. While closely following you and your doctor’s plan can be overwhelming in addition to dealing with your pain, the good news is that conservative treatments are very often effective.

Laser Spine Institute believes an important part of patient-centered care is making sure people are educated about their condition and the full range of treatments available. We hope the following information can make you more engaged with your care as you work to find the lasting relief you deserve.

Conservative treatments for a pinched nerve in the neck

A pinched nerve in the neck is very often caused by a degenerative spine condition, such as a bulging or herniated disc, that causes spinal narrowing and puts pressure on the nerves in the cervical (upper) spinal region. Upon diagnosis of the underlying condition, doctors will generally first recommend a course of conservative treatment options designed to manage pain while also taking steps to improve range of motion and spinal flexibility. A pinched nerve treatment plan often includes:

  • Periods of rest
  • Physical therapy exercises and gentle stretching
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Manual adjustment
  • Posture improvement

It is also important to make any necessary lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet or quitting smoking, to help improve the overall health of your spine.

Surgery is sometimes an option

Given time and a strong commitment, a nonsurgical treatment program is often able to improve symptoms enough to comfortably engage in everyday activities. If weeks or months go by and pain remains debilitating, however, surgery can become an option.

For people exploring the possibility of cervical spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ By using muscle-sparing techniques, our surgeons can perform minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures that only require a small incision to access the spine. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

Our caring and dedicated team can perform a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.