Pinched nerve in the spine — overview and treatment options

A pinched nerve in the spine can be caused by several spine conditions, including a herniated or bulging disc, bone spurs or spondylolisthesis. It can happen anywhere in the spine, though pinched nerves commonly occur in either the lumbar (lower) spine or the cervical (upper) spine because those are the two areas of the spine responsible for bending and twisting, which adds to the stress on spinal anatomy.

People who suffer from a pinched nerve in the spine might experience chronic pain, or pain that is suddenly triggered by certain movements. The pain can be both local in the back and radiating through the extremities. You should consult your doctor about your symptoms to decide the best treatment option to get you back to your normal life routine.

Causes of a pinched nerve in the spine

Degenerative spine conditions very often result in a pinched nerve. In fact, many people do not know they have a spine condition until it impacts one of the nerve roots or the spinal cord. Nerve pain is often the first symptom for people with spine conditions.

Spinal nerves can be compressed by the components of the spine moving out of alignment and impacting the nerve. Some of the most common conditions that can cause pinched nerves in the spine include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Ruptured discs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease

If you are suffering from nerve compression, there are several treatment options to help you, up to and including surgical treatment.

Treatment options for pinched nerves

If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, initial treatment will usually be conservative in nature, including methods such as chiropractic care or physical therapy. However, if you have tried conservative treatment and found little or no lasting pain relief, your doctor may refer you to a specialist to consult for spine surgery.

Laser Spine Institute’s highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ By using muscle-sparing techniques, we can perform minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures on an outpatient basis that treat many of the underlying causes of pinched nerves in the spine.

For more information about our surgeries and the treatment options available for your pinched nerve, please contact our dedicated team.

We’re pleased to offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.