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Pinched Nerve in Neck.

Symptoms and Treatment of a Trapped Nerve in your Neck.

A pinched nerve in neck is one of the most common things that I see on a daily basis. Another description for pinched nerves in the neck is impinged nerve or trapped nerve.



What this implies is that a nerve in your neck is squeezed in some way, resulting in nerve pain in your neck and also probably your shoulder and arm.

Pinched nerves can also present pins and needles as well as numbness in your arm and fingers. The symptoms can vary in severity from mild and with a specific position, when the nerve is only mildly pinched, to severe and painful where the nerve is severely pinched.

Pinched nerves can be structural or postural. Structural pinched nerves generally present with severe neck pain and are frequently associated with pins and needles and numbness.



Structural implies that some part of your neck anatomy - a bone, disc, ligament or muscle - is out of place, and pressing on the nerve. Relief from this presentation relies on a correct diagnosis from a physiotherapist and which is followed by the out-of-place structure being re-aligned. Relief from severe pain should be instant.


Postural pinching is where the muscles, ligaments, discs or joints are pressing on a nerve in your neck due to poor postural alignments and habits. Treatment involves posture correction primarily, as well as releasing the tension in the structure that is pinching the nerve. This reducees the risk of re-occurrence.


This is the most common cause of trapped nerves in the neck that I see. It is usually associated with office workers and drivers who adopt a poor sitting posture over an extended period of time. Response to posture correction usually takes over three days.


Pinched nerves in the neck can be very painful - and if ignored can be difficult to resolve with treatments. If you have nerve pain in your neck or arm that is not relieved with rest, seek advice from a physiotherapist.


In summary, the causes of pinched nerves are many. The most important aspect of their management is identifying the cause, removing it and then strengthening the upper back and neck muscles to reduce the risk of your pinched nerve neck pain from returning in the future.


Treating this type of neck pain is often quick and effective when an early intervention is managed. Medications and drugs are generally not the cure.


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