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Pinched Neck Nerve Causing You Pain? Find Relief

Pinched Neck Nerve:  Causes and TreatmentsWhat Causes a Pinched Neck Nerve?

A pinched neck nerve happens when the nerve root in your cervical spine (located in your neck) is irritated, squeezed or damaged as a result of:

What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Neck Nerve?

A pinched neck nerve can cause:

  • Pain in the arm, neck or shoulder
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or a “pins and needles” feeling
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Muscle weakness

You may feel these symptoms in the arm and neck, or they may radiate to the shoulder, chest, arm, hand or fingers.

How is a Pinched Neck Nerve Treated?

Pinched neck nerves (cervical radiculopathy) often heal on their own in several weeks or months. Sometimes healing takes longer. If you have a pinched nerve that doesn’t go away on its own, talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend:

  • Medicines, such an pain pills, medicine that helps with nerve pain, oral corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Epidural steroid injection or a nerve root injection
  • Physical therapy to teach you how to hold your neck and practice proper ergonomics, decrease spasm, strengthen and stretch neck muscles, and improve range of motion
  • Soft cervical collar, which helps your muscles rest
  • Surgery, if you don’t respond to more conservative treatments

About Dr. Dreyer

dreyer-susan-jSusan J Dreyer, MD, has helped patients reduce their pain and increase their function through exercise, medications and injections. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the care of neck pain, radiculopathy, back pain and other spine conditions. She has published more than thirty-five articles and chapters.

 

 

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