Treatment Options for a Pinched Nerve in the Spine Available in Freehold, NJ
Pinched nerve treatment may be required if the spinal cord or a nerve root becomes pinched, or compressed, by excess tissue, such as a bone spur, herniated disc, or enlarged ligament. Because these issues are often associated with spinal degeneration — which occurs along with the natural aging process — pinched nerves are very common. At Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, our outstanding team of spine specialists offer a full range of innovative treatment options for pinched nerves and other spinal conditions.
While age-related spinal degeneration is virtually inevitable, pinched nerves and other spinal problems can sometimes be avoided. For instance, the orthopedic experts at Spine Care New Jersey advise our patients to practice good posture, maintain a healthy body weight, exercise regularly, and avoid heavy lifting and other activities that can lead to back strain.
Even if a pinched nerve does occur, any excess pressure placed on the nerve may be temporary. In other words, the associated symptoms may resolve on their own or with minimal treatment. However, if persistent nerve compression is not alleviated with appropriate treatment, a pinched nerve can lead to muscle weakness, impaired mobility, and a loss of function, which may be irreversible.
When a pinched nerve requires treatment, some common options include:
- Limited rest
- Targeted stretches and low-impact exercise
- Chiropractic manipulation to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve
- Medications to relax tight muscles and reduce painful inflammation
If conservative measures like these do not relieve severe pain, persistent numbness, or significant weakness, surgery may be recommended. Additionally, the sudden onset of pronounced muscle weakness, such as a foot drop, is a possible sign of a medical emergency that requires immediate attention (and possible surgery). At Spine Care New Jersey, our board-certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeons perform complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery in Freehold, New Jersey.
If you would like to explore your pinched nerve treatment options with a spine specialist, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule a consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional service, extensive medical expertise, and close doctor-patient relationships, all of which contribute to the healing process.