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 slipped disc, 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. The first thing to do when you come into Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain or Dee Why is to discover why the nerve has become pinched in the first place.
Symptoms of a cervical pinched nerve
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 the nerve is badly pinched or chronically pinched muscle weakness and loss of function may result. In cases where there is progressive neurological compromise surgery is indicated.
Treatment of cervical pinched nerve
Treatment of a cervical pinched nerve is centred on removing the source of the compression or ‘pinch’ around a nerve. In most cases this compression comes from a disc herniation or disc bulge. If a nerve is compressed it becomes inflamed itself and we call this radiculitis. Therefore a Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors and physiotherapists go about reducing inflammation, removing pain and improving the function of the neck with all pinched neck treatments. In most cases, chiropractic and physiotherapy will be enough to completely ‘fix’ your neck pain however to make the results long lasting it is usually required that patients do some ongoing exercises to ensure that the pain doesn’t come back. This is like an insurance policy. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists specialise in the treatment of neck pain and have years of experience in treating cervical pined nerves.