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How is back pain associated with nerve damage treated?

When back pain is associated with nerve damage the pain can be treated temporarily by an epidural injection or more permanently by surgery. The initial treatment is usually activity as tolerated, anti-inflammatory medication and possibly a muscle relaxant unless certain "red flags" are found, which means more urgent care is needed. These are: fever, bladder or bowel dysfunction, saddle anesthesia (numbness in the body area that would be used to sit on a saddle), and other signs that might indicate cancer.
Ryan Church, DNP
Nursing
Medications are one of several treatments that can be used to address back pain associated with nerve damage. Surgery may be an option if the pain is coming from nerve compression, bone spurs or disease above or below areas of previous spine surgery. Spinal cord stimulation utilizes an implantable device that helps scramble the nerve signal that goes to the brain. 

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