Cervical pinched nerve
A cervical pinched nerve is just another way of saying someone has a pinched nerve in their neck. A nerve in the neck can become pinched in a variety of ways however the most common ways would be a herniated disc or disc bulge, bone spurs, osteophytes or neck arthritis. In rare cases bone diseases and tumours can pinch a nerve in the neck.
In the neck, the most common symptom associated with a pinched nerve is neck pain and discomfort. Typically people will describe neck pain that radiates away from the neck and is usually to one side. Changes in sensation are common and there may be tingling or burning type pain that starts in the neck and extends all the way down to the hand and fingers. Since nerves supply muscles, when a nerve is pinched muscle weakness and loss of function may result. In cases where there is progressive neurological compromise surgery may be indicated.
Chiropractic or physiotherapist type treatments are very useful in the treatment of a pinched nerve. Hands on therapy such as joint mobilisations and muscle relaxing treatments may be performed. Rehabilitation exercises are generally required with the most important aspect being self management exercises that you perform at home. It is important to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist as changes in your symptoms may require a range of different treatments. For more information contact Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) today.