Pinched Nerve (cont.)

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What is a patent's prognosis for a pinched nerve?

In most cases, patients with a pinched nerve are able to recover completely without any long lasting symptoms. Most patients respond well to conservative treatment including rest, activity modification, ice, physical therapy, and medications.

Surgical operations are typically only recommended for people who do not improve with the conservative treatment or if they have worsening muscle weakness. The longer a patient has symptoms of a pinched nerve, and the worse the symptoms become, the less chance there is for a full recovery. Pain, numbness and tingling usually recovery completely with treatment. If a person develops weakness or wasting of the muscles he or she should see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any permanent nerve damage.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/17/2014

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