What Treatment Is There for a Pinched Nerve?

Houston Advanced Spine is here for you if you’re suffering from a pinched nerve in The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Thomas Cartwright is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with decades of experience treating the spine. If you have a pinched nerve you know it can be painful and limit your movement, but you don’t have to suffer. Keep reading about pinched nerves and come see us if you are in pain.

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

Your central nervous system includes your brain and spinal cord which are responsible for sending signals through your nerves to the rest of your body. A pinched nerve happens when a nerve is being compressed by bone, tissue, tendons, or ligaments.

A pinched nerve in The Woodlands, TX, can result in pain, or numbness and tingling in the extremities. You don't want to leave a pinched nerve untreated. Even if you aren't in a lot of pain, there can be permanent damage to a nerve that is continually compressed. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and diagnostic tests to confirm a pinched nerve and then begin treatment. 

How Is a Pinched Nerve Treated?

The good news is if you do have a pinched nerve, there are various treatments available. In many cases, a pinched nerve can be treated and you can make a full recovery with more conservative measures like:

  • Rest from activity
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Antiinflammatory drugs
  • Alternating between icing and heating the area

Often a combination of these treatments is needed to completely heal a pinched nerve in Woodlands, TX. Surgery is only recommended in extreme cases when other measures haven’t improved your pain. It's always better to see your doctor sooner to prevent further damage, so don't hesitate to call us.

Dr. Thomas Cartwright at Houston Advanced Spine can help if you are in pain from a pinched nerve. Contact us for an appointment in The Woodlands, TX, at (281) 305-9533.

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