You been to see the doctor and they gave you their diagnosis that you have a pinched nerve in your neck,back,shoulder or hip. In that moment you might be shocked and suddenly very worried about what happens next and how long does it take for the pain to go away. Below you will find out some of the common treatments available for a patient suffering this type of neuromusculoskeletal pain.
This type of pain is classified as neuropathic pain by the International Association for the Study of Pain. Hence the first most people go for especially after seeing their GP is to be prescribed drugs. However, which pain killer is the best for quickest results and long lasting relief.
The main pill taken by sufferers would be the NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory). They aim to bring down inflammation chemicals at the site of nerve damage. However, they do not work well for those with nerve compression syndrome. The nerve root responds better to drugs like gabapentin (neurontin), tramadol (tramacet), Pregabalin (lyrica), or Amitriptyline (elavil).
Then there are the conservative treatment options for a pinched nerve. These include: Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy for more hands on care. Maybe biokinetics for rehabilitation exercises and stretches. A psychological referral to a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist might be needed in some case where emotional trauma is triggering the pinched nerve symptoms.
Finally there are the hospital treatments. This could include neck traction or lower back traction for days in a hospital bed whilst being given the above mentioned neuropathic pain pharmaceuticals. Then there are the spinal injections like: epidural, facet infiltration, rhizotomy nerve ablation. Finally a neurosurgeon and orthopaedic surgeon could perform spinal surgery options like: discetomy, single level or multiple level spinal fusion, or an artificial disc replacement.
As you can se there are many options available to you for the successful treatment of a radiculopathy down the arm or sciatica down the leg.