Pinched nerve is the name given to the pain, uncomfortable sensation, or numbness caused when increased pressure leads to damage or irritation to a peripheral nerve. Nerves are specialized cells that transmit messages throughout your body.
Damage from a pinched nerve range from minor to severe. It may cause temporary or even long-lasting problems. However, the earlier you begin treatment for neck pain symptoms, the faster you'll experience relief.
Symptoms of pinched nerve in the neck
Note – pinched neck nerve 's symptoms may appear similar to common arm conditions, like – tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rotator cuff injury.
Symptoms include – sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward; feeling weakness; burning or "hot and cold" sensations; tingling and numbness are also symptoms of a pinched nerve.
Causes of pinched nerve in the neck
A pinched nerve in the neck usually occurs when excessive pressure is placed on a nerve or the nerve roots. The pressure may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, like – keeping elbows bent while sleeping, or it may be the result of repetitive motions.
In addition, a pinched nerve in the neck can be caused by arthritis, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or bone spurs.
Treatment of pinched nerve in the neck
In some cases, you can not reverse the damage from a pinched nerve. However, treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms, and one or more of the following:
Rest – if your pinched nerve was caused by a repetitive activity, simply resting could be the best treatment.
Physical therapy – a physical therapist can teach you exercises which strengthen and stretch the muscles in the affected area to relieve pressure on the nerve.
Prescription medicines – if the symptoms and the pain are severe, then medications become necessary.
Hot cold therapy – alternating between hot and cold packs in the affected area can help reduce the pain.
Acupuncture – presently, this ancient science is being highly regarded these days and many suffering from this problem are using it.
Cortisone injections – these are pretty useful in killing the pain, however, they have some side effects. If cortisone injections do not work, surgery might be required.
Avoid driving if you find it difficult to turn your head – as it may become difficult for you to view the traffic.
Sleep on a low, firm pillow at night – using too many pillows may force your neck to bend unnaturally.
Use a splint or brace to keep the nerve immobile when necessary.
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