4 at-home treatments for a pinched nerve in the neck
A pinched nerve in the neck can range from mildly painful to debilitating enough to interfere with your daily activities. If you are dealing with pain, numbness, tingling or muscle spasms caused by this condition, you’ll want to explore the pinched nerve treatment options available that may help you find the relief you need. As a starting point, there are numerous at-home treatments you can explore.
Pinched nerve treatments that you can try at home
Your physician will likely recommend a conservative course of pinched nerve treatment options for you to explore, and many of these can be done at home. These include:
- Hot and cold compresses. Applying a hot compress to your neck can help improve circulation, and a cold compress can help numb pain. Individuals can choose to use one or the other, or they can alternate between hot and cold.
- Pain medications. When you experience flare-ups of pain, an over-the-counter pain medication, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) can help provide temporary relief.
- Stretching techniques. Some gentle neck stretches can help alleviate the excessive pressure in the upper spine and can help you strengthen and stretch tight muscles in the neck.
- Alternative treatments. Although the medical community is still debating the effectiveness of alternative therapies, some individuals have reported success using methods such as aromatherapy, herbal supplements and other alternative options.
What happens if at-home pinched nerve treatment options don’t help?
If your symptoms persist or worsen after several weeks or months and conservative treatments have not helped, you may need to consider surgery. Although your physician may recommend a traditional open procedure, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective alternative.^
You can find out if you’re a candidate for our outpatient spine procedures by asking us for a free MRI review.* Contact Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures and how they may be the right pinched nerve treatment for you.