on Jun 29, 2018
Determining how many individuals really have pinched neck nerves is
quite difficult since lots of people report symptoms that could
result from another accident, and some people don't experience any
symptoms whatsoever. Many different factors can lead to a neck
pinched nerve, including past injuries, someone's level of
exercise, age, sex, and bodyweight.
While there isn't just one
single cause of pinched neck nerves, prevention seems to be
extremely important. A pinched neck nerve is a frequent source of
pain among the elderly, people who perform a lot of repetitive
movements, those with arthritis, and anyone struggling with
they sometimes heal on their own, pinched neck nerves can cause
significant disability and sometimes even permanent nerve damage
when left untreated. Conventional procedures of treating pinched
neck nerves usually include medications and surgery.
However, research shows that
non-surgical, more conservative therapies, including physical
therapy, exercise, chiropractic adjustments, supplements, and rest,
can also greatly help reduce pinched neck nerve pain.
What's a Pinched Neck Nerve?
Pinched neck nerves (also called compressed neck nerves) are heavy
root nerves that are very inflamed and irritated due to
experiencing an abnormal quantity of pressure. Pressure can
accumulate around a deep root nerve from surrounding tissues,
bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons that protrude outward or are
damaged because of an injury or inflammatory condition.
Nerves are responsible for
delivering all sensory information regarding pain, well-being, and
perceived risks from our bodies to our brains and vice versa.
Significant nerves traveling from your brain through your spinal
cord and down the center of your spine, connecting to a small chain
of nerves that stem into your limbs.
A pinched neck nerve
causes painful sensations
along with things like "pins or needles" and swelling because
increased pressure changes how nerves communicate. One of the most
troubling things about pinched nerves is they typically don't just
cause pain in one location -- the pain often spreads, for instance,
extending down to the shoulders and into the palms.
What are some common conditions that may cause a pinched
Compression (increased stress) placed on a root nerve is the
principal cause of a pinched neck nerve, which interferes
with normal signals regarding pain.
The causes of a pinched nerve can include:
- A herniated disc, caused by a disc ripping or weakening
- Wear and tear related to inflammation and aging
- Poor posture, such as forward head posture
- Repetitive movements that wear down or irritate tissue
- Staying in one position for long periods of time, such as those
associated with someone's job or hobbies
- Injuries, such as tears and sprains
- Bone spurs, which narrows the spaces where nerves
- Arthritis and degenerative joint diseases
What makes a pinched neck nerve different from a herniated disc
or slipped disc?
People use the terms herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disk,
and pinched or compressed nerve interchangeably. It can be hard to
tell if a pinched neck nerve versus a neck herniated disc is
the specific cause of your pain, numbness, or tingling, but the
great news is that both kinds of conditions are often treated in
similar ways. Although they're closely related, neck herniated discs
aren't the same as
pinched neck nerves. Neck herniated discs and slipped discs can
lead to pinch nerves because they cause the tissue to protrude into
a nearby nerve canal. Usually, they're the result of
aging/degeneration, injuries, or various diseases that affect the
neck spine's nerves. These conditions cause neck spinal discs to
start and expand, which can result in fluid leaking out, worsened
inflammation, and increased stress. That being said, it's important
to understand the real causes of your pain to know how best to deal
with it. Because there are a variety of reasons you might have disc
or nerve pain, it's important to work with your chiropractic doctor
to determine if the pain is at the site of the disk location itself
or if it's coming from a nearby irritated, pinched neck nerve.
Prior to taking medications or receiving alterations, and
undoubtedly before undergoing surgery, getting precise diagnoses is
Pinched Neck Nerve Symptoms
What does a pinched neck nerve feel like? Pain, nerve damage,
and irritation due to a pinched nerve can sometimes be minor but
other times severe. It is possible for symptoms of a pinched nerve,
such as tingling or shooting pains, to come and go temporarily or
to become chronic issues. Pain can occur in the cervical (neck) region
(upper) region, or lumbar (lower) spine.
While in certain cases
pinched nerve pain goes off relatively quickly, in other rare cases
that are left untreated, it may result in permanent nerve damage
and chronic pain. Although a pinched nerve's location determines
the kinds of symptoms you feel, most pinched neck nerves have the
following in common: tenderness and swelling, feelings of extra
pressure, and some degree of scarring. Increased pain
going and trouble exercising are also common pinched neck
nerve symptoms. Pinched neck nerve symptoms aren't usually
located in one area; instead, they cause "radicular pain" (nerve
root pain) that tends to spread from one body part to another. The
word "radiculopathy" refers to many different symptoms, including
traveling pain, numbness, and weakness.
Symptoms of a pinched nerve in your neck or shoulder
- Pain, numbness, and tingling radiates from the neck down your
upper back, shoulders, or arms.
- Symptoms might affect your elbow, hand, wrist, or fingers.
- It's common for pain to get worse when you move, type on a
computer or lift things.
- You might experience "pins or needles," inflammation, weakness,
and pain associated with ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome,
golfer's elbow, or tennis elbow.
- Your grip might become weak, and your hand or arm might become
Pain probably gets worse if you exercise, after waking up from
sleeping, or when you are bending and walking.
To make a diagnosis of a pinched neck nerve, your
doctor will likely perform:
- A physical exam, testing reflexes, tenderness, and pain
- Assessment of your medical history, family history, and
- Tests for muscle strength or fatigue, testing for signs of
muscle atrophy, twitching, numbness
- Testing pain based on movement, touch, and pressure
- Testing joint dysfunction through moving your limbs and
- Diagnostic tests, including CBCT scan, to look at disc
alignment and configuration
Natural Treatments for Pinched Nerves
1. Stick to a Collagen Repair Diet
Eat a diet high in natural sources of collagen, which helps repair
damaged connective tissues and adds cushion to spaces between
joints and bones, reducing friction and pressure. Collagen is the
most abundant natural protein found within our bodies and an
important building block of tissue.
Bone broth is one of the
greatest suppliers of collagen, along with other beneficial
nutrients, including glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and
amino acids. Eating omega-3 foods, such as wild-caught fish such as
salmon, grass-fed beef, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, helps control
inflammation and lessen the effects of aging. Get even more
antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds through organic
vegetables, organic fruits, and herbs like garlic, ginger, and
anti-inflammatory foods help slow the effects of aging by reducing
oxidative stress and supply essential vitamins and minerals to
assist your recovery. High-fiber foods can also help control your
appetite, and lots of supplies important vitamins, minerals, and
Obesity and excess weight may
add pressure to nerves and make the pain worse, so try limiting
added sugar, sweetened drinks, fried or packaged foods, and refined
2. Posture Correction Exercises and Treatment
Proper posture is crucial for taking unwanted stress from delicate
joints, especially joints injured or under increased stress for a
long time. I recommend visiting a Blair Upper Cervical correction
chiropractic doctor to help target the spinal problem at its origin
(for example, sclerosis or spinal stenosis). Blair Technique is a
postural therapy protocol that concentrates on fixing
A trained practitioner can
help you restore proper posture for good and restrict muscular
compensations that might make your pain worse long term. I also
suggest doing exercises on your own (once removed), which help
strengthen your core so as to take pressure off your spine and
prevent low back pain, together with other exercises to improve
Most people are nutritionally bankrupt, and their diets very low in
specific nutrients that support musculoskeletal healing. Therefore,
taking some excellent supplements can make a significant difference
in terms of healing and pain reduction. To heal damaged tissue, you
need nutrients that help reduce inflammation, support tissue repair
and boost growth factors.
Some antioxidant compounds
may also help support the body's own stem-cell production and
commence tissue reconstruction. I recommend taking the following
supplements to help treat a pinched nerve:
- Turmeric and ginger
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- bone broth (contains type 2 collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin,
and hyaluronic acid to help aid in tissue repair)
- Bovine collagen (contains type 1 and 3 hydration)
- Antioxidant-boosting compounds, including resveratrol, green
tea, medicinal mushrooms such as cordyceps, and berry extracts,
such as acai or goji
Anatomy of a Pinched Neck Nerve:
Cervical radiculopathy: The sort of pinched nerve located near the
neck, which causes nerve pain and numbness to travel outward down
the arms, upper back, shoulders, or chest. "Cervical" refers to the
seven vertebrae at the peak of the backbone. Cervical radiculopathy
is related to conditions such as herniated disc, a bulging disc,
degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and
Precautions Regarding Treatment of Pinched Neck
For some people, pinched neck nerve pain will go away by
itself within several weeks.
If you experience powerful
pain suddenly, definitely make a visit to your chiropractic doctor.
Watch out for signs of infections, such as a fever, chills, and
can indicate a more serious nerve-related issue and should not be
ignored. Your chiropractic doctor might also ask you to stop any
activities that cause or aggravate the compression and pain,
depending upon your condition.
Get your chiropractic
doctor's advice about whether or not rest; a splint or brace might
be needed to help immobilize the region while it heals.