Pinched Nerve in Neck

Pain by location

When a nerve becomes pinched in the cervical region of the spine, it is often referred to as a pinched nerve in the neck. The cervical region of the spine has a total of seven vertebrae, labeled C1 to C7, that start at the base of the skull and run through the neck and upper back. The cervical region also has a total of eight pairs of nerve roots located in between the vertebrae, with nerve root pair C8 residing between the last cervical vertebra (C7) and the first thoracic vertebra (T1). Although not everyone experiences the same symptoms, the following is a list of symptoms commonly felt in relation to where a cervical nerve is pinched.

  • Pinched nerve at C5 – This can cause shoulder pain, deltoid weakness and possibly a small area of numbness in the shoulder. It is also possible for a patient’s biceps reflex to be diminished.
  • Pinched nerve at C6 – This can cause weakness of the biceps and wrist extensors, and pain or numbness that travels down the arm to the thumb. The brachioradialis reflex (mid-forearm) may also be diminished.
  • Pinched nerve at C7 – This can cause pain or numbness that moves down the arm to the middle finger. Upon physical examination, it may be noticeable that the triceps reflex has been diminished.
  • Pinched nerve at C8 – This can cause hand dysfunction (this nerve supplies innervation to the small muscles of the hand). Pain or numbness can run to the outside of the hand (little finger) and impair its reflex.


Many different factors can cause pinched nerves in the neck and back. Age and obesity are two factors that can naturally lead to the weakening of discs in the spine, increasing a person’s chances of experiencing pinched nerves. Degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal arthritis, bone spurs and other conditions can also lead to pinched nerves in the spine.

Our treatments

Shoulder pain. Conceptual computer artwork showing pain (represented as the red area) in the shoulders. The bones (white) of the upper torso and neck are shown within an outline (blue) of this part of the body.

Depending on the underlying cause of your pinched nerve, the procedure used to address it can differ. Laser Spine Institute offers procedures such as an Discectomy, a Foraminotomy or Laminotomy which are aimed at relieving the affected nerve. The professional staff at Laser Spine Institute has performed these and other procedures thousands of times, allowing our patients to find relief from neck pain and regain a better quality of life.

In this fast-paced world, we understand that you don’t want to be troubled with extended hospital stays and long, painful recoveries. Laser Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art procedures can be used to treat a pinched nerve on an outpatient basis so that you can start enjoying life to its fullest again. You can read more about our astonishing streamlined patient experience and find out just how easy it is to take back your life.

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