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Treating Pinched Nerve

What Can I do for a Pinched Nerve in the Spine?

There are a few at-home treatments that can help alleviate painful symptoms caused by a pinched nerve in the spine, such as:

At Home Treatments for a Pinched Nerve in the Spine
  • Brace – A back brace limits motion and lets the muscles surrounding the pinched nerve to rest for a short period.
  • OTC Medications– Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful to reduce pain associated with a pinched nerve. Always remember to use these medications only as instructed on the bottle.
  • Weight loss– Reducing the amount of pressure on your nerves by losing weight can help ease symptoms.

What If I Need Additional Treatment for a Pinched Nerve in the Spine?

Typically, it is reasonable to consider surgery for a pinched nerve in the spine if the pain interferes with your everyday life, or if non-surgical treatments have not provided relief.

Houston Physicians’ Hospital offers the following surgical treatments for a pinched nerve in the spine:
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy

In most cases, surgery for a pinched nerve is elective, meaning the patient decides whether to undergo surgery or not. The patient’s decision should be primarily decided based on the amount of pain and disfunction, the length of time the pain has persisted, and the length of time that the pain persists. Additionally, the overall health of the patient should be a contributing factor, as surgery requires the patient to be generally healthy before undergoing the procedure.

How Do I Recover from a Pinched Nerve in the Spine?

Once surgery has relieved the pinched nerve, rest is recommended at first. The nerves will typically need a few days of rest to fully recover. However, light physical activity is recommended after a short period of rest. Daily sessions of low-impact exercise can help aid in the recovery process. Physical therapy may also be recommended, depending on the patient and severity of the situation. Strenuous exercise and other activities, such as heavy lifting, should be limited for several weeks following the procedure. Your Houston Physicians’ Hospital physician will be able to recommend when you can return to these activities, along with when you can return to work, based on your personal situation and recovery progress.