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Pinched Nerve in Neck: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Updated on May 27, 2015

Pinched nerve in the neck: How it happens?

Before we go directly to the ailment, here is a brief about nerves and their functions that could go wrong, resulting in a pinched nerve in the neck. Nerves make an important part of our nervous system. These act as electrical cables through which brain sends messages to different body parts in a matter of nanoseconds and vice-versa. These nerves are secured with insulations. Whenever this insulation or membrane gets injured, damaged, inflamed or pinched (compressed) anyhow, ended-up into dis-functioning of the nerve and thus a problem with blood flow. A pinched nerve is a common problem, and it could happen with any of the body parts.

When nerves in the neck don't work properly due to excessive pressure from surrounding area, the situation is called pinched nerve in the neck or cervical radiculopathy. Pinched never in the neck disrupted nerve function, numbness, weakness and tingling sensation throughout the nerve. Though this common problem is painful and even disabling, the best part of it is, in most of the cases it can be cured through alternative forms of treatment and rarely requires surgery.

Points to identify that you are caught by Pinched Never in Neck:

  1. Numbness around your neck and shoulder
  2. Hand falling asleep more often
  3. Burning sensations and acute pain all through the arm from neck
  4. Twitches or weakness in neck and surrounding muscles

Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Pinched Nerve in the Neck

How to treat pinched nerve in the neck?

So now when you have identified the hidden monster, here is the treatment. Before the pain gets worst, it is advisable to consult a doctor as early as possible. After a proper diagnosis, the doctor will be able to prescribe you the right medication. However, if you prefer to move on alternative therapy; here are some suggestions that you may apply to ease your aching neck.

What comes first in alternative therapy is having a relaxed massage. All the tension and ache caused by a pinched nerve in the neck will get released. Also, a calm kneading soothes tired muscles around while taking away the compression from it. Apart from this, cold and heat therapy, cervical pillow and acupuncture are other effective ways to get relief. You also can think about taking up the yoga and an extended break from regular work.

Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Pinched Nerve in the Neck

How to prevent pinched nerve in the neck?

In the end, it can be said that proper precaution can keep you from developing pinched nerve in the neck. Add regular exercise to your day plans as it will help your body and muscle supple and coordinated. Keep your posture right and walk straight. Besides, include short breaks into long repetitive activities to get relaxed your overtaxed muscles and nerves. And there you get relaxed from a pinched nerve in the neck.


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