Nerve pain in the neck

Nerve pain in the neck or surrounding areas can impact your quality of life, making once-simple tasks painful and difficult. If you are experiencing neck nerve pain, you understand the frustration of no longer being able to sleep or turn your head a certain way without a shooting pain in your neck and the base of your skull. It’s easy to not realize how much we move our head and neck until these basic activities become painful.

For many people, neck nerve pain can be caused a number of ways, ranging from something as simple as a sports-related injury or repetitive movements, to the presence of a degenerative spine condition in the cervical (upper) spine. Likewise, treatments for nerve pain in the cervical spine vary depending on the cause and severity of the symptoms.

Causes of nerve pain

Nerve pain in the neck is caused when one of the nerves, nerve roots or the spinal cord becomes irritated or compressed in the cervical spine. In addition to causing localized neck pain, nerve compression can also lead to a number of other symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Muscle weakness in the upper body
  • Numbness or tingling
    Traveling pain
  • A numb or tingling feeling in the extremities

Once your doctor diagnoses the cause of your neck pain, he or she can recommend a series of treatments to help relieve your symptoms.

Treatment options

The cervical spine is particularly prone to nerve pain because of the strain placed on the neck by the weight of the skull and the flexibility needed to move it around. However, in many cases, neck-related nerve pain can be traced to a relatively minor injury, meaning the pain will subside on its own after several days of rest.

Even nerve pain caused by a degenerative spine condition, like a herniated disc, can normally be managed with a comprehensive, conservative treatment plan. Some common nonsurgical treatments for nerve pain in the neck include:

  • Pain medication, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Hot and/or cold compresses
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Stretching techniques
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Alternative medicine
  • Limited rest

If your symptoms continue after a series of conservative treatments, you should research the available spine surgery options to relieve your pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open neck surgery. Our patients benefit from shorter recovery times and lower risk of complications compared to traditional procedures^ due to our minimally invasive approach to the spine. Instead of requiring a large incision in the neck, our procedures are performed through a small incision, sometimes less than 1-inch in length.

To learn more about our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries that have helped thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, contact us today.

We can perform a free MRI review* and determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.