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Nerve Root Compression

A Painful Condition Caused By Spinal Nerve Pressure

The qualified surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers are experienced in treating a wide variety of back conditions, including nerve root compression. This often painful condition is caused by excessive pressure on the spinal nerve that can make even the simplest spinal movements unbearably painful in severe cases. Surgical nerve root compression treatment (also called foraminotomy), may be able to treat the cause of nerve pressure and alleviate symptoms.

Nerve root compression is sometimes referred to as compression neuropathy, a pinched nerve, or a trapped nerve. Nerve pressure can be caused by muscles, bones, tendons, or cartilage pressing against the nerve and causing pain. Pain levels and symptoms may vary depending on the degree of nerve pressure and the location of the affected nerve.

Causes of Nerve Root Compression

Nerve root compression is commonly caused by:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Injury
  • Repetitive stress
  • Obesity
  • Poor Posture

Sometimes lifestyle changes can ease the pain caused by spinal nerve pressure. For more severe cases, however, surgical interventions may be required.

Common Symptoms of Nerve Root Compression

If you experience symptoms of nerve root compression you should find out if a foraminotomy nerve root compression treatment is a valid option for you. Some of the most common symptoms of nerve root compression include:

  • Sharp pain or burning sensation that radiates outward
  • Numbness in the area supplied by the affected nerve
  • Twitching in the area of the nerve
  • Pain when sneezing or coughing
  • Limited mobility
  • Tingling sensations
  • Muscle weakness in the pinched nerve area

Treatment Options

Rest is sometimes enough to treat a trapped nerve, but if your condition is severe our trusted surgeons may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Physical Therapy: Selective stretches and exercises that are designed to strengthen and stretch the spine. Participating in physical therapy may be able to alleviate some or all of your nerve root compression symptoms.
  • Medication: Inflammation and pain from nerve root compression may be treated by corticosteroid injections or over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Surgery: If conservative nerve root compression treatment does not alleviate symptoms, a foraminotomy may be recommended. This minimally invasive surgery involves removing the bone, ligaments, or tissues that are pressing on the spinal nerve.

Nerve Root Compression Prognosis

Physical therapy and prescription medications are often effective nerve root compression treatment options. However, patients who have severe symptoms may need to undergo a foraminotomy surgery in order to completely resolve their symptoms. When surgery is followed by physical therapy, many patients are able to receive partial or full relief from their spinal pain.

Call miVIP for Relief From Your Spinal Pain

If you are tired of dealing with the constant pain of nerve root compression, call miVIP at 877.956.2263 and schedule a consultation with one of our highly-trained surgeons today.

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