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Back to Basics: Relieving Pinched Nerves

pinched nerve pain
pinched nerve pain
The doctor is diagnosing the patient’s back pain. A male with back pain sees a doctor for treatment.

An orthopedic surgeon can provide a range of treatment options for a pinched nerve in the back, taking into account the severity of the condition and the patient’s specific needs. These treatments are designed to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and address the underlying cause of the pinched nerve. Below are some interventions that an orthopedic surgeon may recommend:

Conservative Management for Pinched Nerves:

Rest: The initial approach may involve resting and avoiding activities that worsen the pinched nerve.

Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or prescription medications may be prescribed to manage pain and inflammation.

Physical Therapy: A customized exercise and stretching program developed by a physical therapist can help improve posture, strengthen supporting muscles, and alleviate nerve pressure.

Bracing: In certain cases, wearing a brace or support device can provide spinal stability and relieve nerve compression.

Steroid Injections:
Corticosteroid injections: These injections can be administered directly into the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain around the pinched nerve.

Surgical Interventions for Pinched Nerves:
If conservative treatments fail to provide relief or if structural issues are causing the pinched nerve, surgery may be considered.

At Florida OrthoCare, our orthopedic surgeons can perform various procedures, including:

Decompression surgery: This involves the removal of the compression source, such as a herniated disc or bone spur.

Spinal fusion: In cases of spinal instability, fusion surgery may be required to stabilize the affected spinal segment.

Microdiscectomy: In situations where a herniated disc is compressing the nerve root, a microdiscectomy can be performed to remove the affected disc portion.

Foraminotomy: This procedure enlarges the neural foramen (the opening through which the nerve exits the spinal canal) to alleviate nerve root compression.

Lifestyle Modifications:
Orthopedic surgeons often provide guidance on lifestyle adjustments, including maintaining proper posture, engaging in regular exercise, and avoiding activities that may worsen the condition.

The specific treatment plan will be tailored to the patient’s diagnosis, the location and severity of the pinched nerve, and their overall health. At Florida OrthoCare, our orthopedic surgeons collaborate closely with our patients to determine the most suitable approach for pain relief and functional restoration. It is essential for patients to have a comprehensive evaluation and discussion with their orthopedic surgeon to make informed decisions regarding their pinched nerve treatment options for the back.

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