Pinched Nerve

Conservative pinched nerve treatment

Many patients can obtain relief from their pinched nerve symptoms with conservative treatment. Most patients respond to conservative treatment and may see their symptoms improve over a period of a few weeks to a few months.

Conservative pinched nerve treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication taken orally, either steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Pain medications.
  • Physical therapy or chiropractic treatment.

Intermediate pinched nerve treatment

If conservative treatment fails to provide long-term relief a back specialist may recommend an epidural injection of steroids, e.g. cortisone. The epidural steroid injection is often administered with the help of an x-ray machine. The steroid medication is injected into the in between the bones of the spine and/or the area above the membrane surrounding the spinal cord, i.e. the “dura.” Such injection can be effective and quickly reducing irritation and inflammation in the area, which can alleviate or eliminate symptoms.

Surgery for a pinched nerve

When conservative, non-surgical pinched nerve treatment has failed, or when patients are experiencing severe pinched nerve symptoms a back specialist may recommend surgery. The purpose of a pinched nerve surgery is to relieve compression (pressure) on the nerve. Read more about pinched nerve surgery here.

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