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A 35-year-old male asked:

How to cure pinched nerve?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Various ways.: Usuly will resolve on their own. I would recommend physical therapy along with anti-inflammatory medications. In the event this is a mechanical problem, then surgery may be warranted.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Usually no surgery: Most just get better with time. So anyone can claim a 90% success rate with their care as this is the natural history but lifestyle changes including exercise, smoking cessation and weight control are important especially in minimizing recurrences. Sometimes , physical therapy, activity modifications, medication and epidural steroid injections can be of benefit.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Time, medication...: Time is the biggest factor as most disc problems resolve. Activity modification, traction, wearing a support, exercise/physical therapy, medication & epidural steroid injections are options. Regular exercise and smoking cessation play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. In 10% of disc herniations, surgery indicated with 90% success rate in a non smoker assuming this is due to a disc issue

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