How to manage a pinched nerve in the neck
A pinched nerve in the neck is an extremely common condition that can be caused by something as simple as a minor strain or as a result of a degenerative spine condition in the cervical spine. If you think you may have a pinched nerve in your neck, you should consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms and a treatment option that fits your needs. While the pain of a pinched nerve can often be debilitating and keep you from doing the activities you enjoy, there are many treatment options described below to help you recapture your quality of life from your condition.
Symptoms of a pinched nerve in your neck
A pinched nerve in the neck can cause any number of symptoms depending on the specific nerve that is affected and the severity of the compression. Symptoms are also sometimes transferred along the affected nerve and experienced in the muscles or muscle groups associated with the irritated nerve. This is called radiating pain.
In the cervical spine, a pinched nerve can lead to symptoms in the neck, shoulders, elbows, arms, hands, fingers and throughout the upper body. The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Localized pain in the area of the nerve
- Pain that radiates along the nerve
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- A burning sensation
- Stiffness or soreness
Causes of a pinched nerve in the neck
Typically, a pinched nerve in the neck is a result of nothing more than a minor injury that will heal in a matter of days. However, sometimes a pinched nerve develops as a result of a degenerative spine condition. As we age, the cervical spine begins to deteriorate as a result of years of wear. This deterioration can lead to the development of a number of degenerative spine conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis and facet disease. This deterioration is typically not symptomatic, but if any of these conditions result in the compression of a nerve, pain may be experienced.
Treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck
In many cases, nerve compression in the neck can be managed with a series of conservative treatments, such as the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle spasm medication, chiropractic care, physical therapy and acupuncture. In the event that conservative treatment fails to alleviate your pain and you are considering your other treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute.
At Laser Spine Institute, we can help you learn about the various advantages of our minimally invasive decompression procedures and request a free MRI review* to determine whether our procedures would be effective for you. Our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back conditions since 2005.
We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve root in the spinal canal and the symptoms associated with your condition. In cases of a severely pinched nerve, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery may be required to remove the damaged disc or vertebra that is pinching the nerve and replace it with an artificial disc or bone graft.
Our minimally invasive procedures are performed through small incisions, sparing the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Traditional open neck surgery, on the other hand, will make a 6- to 8-inch incision that cuts through the local muscles. Our outpatient surgery offers our patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery as well as a shorter recovery period.^
For more information about how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help treat the pinched nerve in your neck, reach out to the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute. We can help you learn whether you are a potential candidate for our procedures and help you move to the next step on your journey to wellness.