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How do I manage pain after spinal nerve decompression surgery?

Prescription pain medication and muscle relaxants can help manage the pain following decompression surgery.

You should notify your neurosurgeon if there is increasing arm or leg pain, weakness or numbness, or overall pain that doesn’t diminish over time.

You will also likely be given strict instructions regarding your recovery period and subsequent physical therapy, if necessary. Instructions will likely include restrictions on certain movements and activities after a period of extensive rest.

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