A pinched nerve in the neck can be caused due to bone spurs or pressure inserted by bulging or herniated disc. It refers to damage caused to the nerve root or group of nerves. A pinched or compressed nerve can cause pain as a warning signal. The symptoms depend on the damage to the nerve (minor or severe). Some symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Sciatica like radiating pain
- Pain in the area of a pinched nerve
- The burning sensation is also a symptom
- Numbness, weakness, and “pins & needles” feeling
Mild pain or symptoms of a pinched nerve depends on the area where the nerve is being compressed. Symptoms can also get worse because of certain movements. Pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulders due to nerve compression in the cervical spine is known as cervical radiculopathy. Pinched nerves caused in the lower back can show sciatica symptoms also known as lumbar radiculopathy. Nerve compression can be caused due to bulging or herniated discs.
Remedies for Pinched Nerve in Neck:
Pinched nerve requires professional treatment and care by a specialist. If you have mild pain and symptoms following are some of the remedies and exercises.
- Massage and yoga
- Heat and ice therapy
- Practice a proper posture
- Stretching and physical exercises
Massage and Yoga:
Having a massage by a professional can also help in relieving the tension in the neck. Applying gentle pressure can do the trick.
Various stretches and yoga poses can also help release tension. But avoid doing a deep stretch as it can worsen the symptoms. In case you feel any discomfort while doing a stretch or massage, immediately stop. as it may increase the damage.
Apply heat or ice:
Applying heat or ice to the affected area can help reduce the pain and inflammation. Use heat and ice pads alternatively, as the combination helps circulation.
Exercises for Pinched Nerve in Neck:
Mild pain caused due to pinched nerve in the neck can be relieved via simple and gentle exercises. These exercises help relieve the pressure. Some of the exercises are as follows:
- Head turn
- Chin Tuck
- Neck Bend
- Trap Stretch
- Shoulder roll
Pinched nerve limits your head motion but head turn exercise helps that. In case of pain, do lesser movements.
- Firstly, keep your neck straight and look ahead.
- Then gently turn your head towards your left side
- Keep the pose for 10 seconds
- Repeat the same exercise on your right side and hold it for 10 seconds.
Titling your head up to down also helps.
This exercise strengthens the neck muscles as well as the posture of your head and neck.
- Firstly, keep your neck straight
- Then put your two fingers on your chin
- Slowly yet gently push your chin into your neck until you see your “double chin”
- Hold this stretch for about 5 seconds
- Relax and repeat the same about three to five times.
This neck exercise provides relief to the pinched nerve in the neck.
- Gently, move your chin down towards your chest.
- Hold the pose for a while and slowly move back to the initial position
- Repeat the same stretch about 5-10 times
The muscles in the back of your neck are known as trapezius muscles. If these muscles aren’t relaxed, they can compress your nerves and spine.
- Firstly, sit straight
- Put your right hand under your right thigh
- Then use your left hand and slowly bend your head towards your shoulder (left side)
- Hold the stretch for about 25-30 seconds.
- Repeat this stretch about 3 times on both sides.
This exercise helps to relieve the stress from the shoulders as well as the neck.
- Sit straight and then lift your shoulder blades. Move them back and then down.
- Repeat this about 5-6 times and repeat the same in opposite direction.
When to seek medical attention:
KKT Pakistan offers non-surgical treatment for the victims of spinal ailments, back and neck problems. The Treatment primarily focuses on the root cause of the pain. KKT has 8 operational centers across Pakistan. Cities include Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, and Hyderabad. KKT provides treatment for intervertebral disc disorders including herniated/slipped disc. In case of any inconvenience related to the spine, book an appointment with your nearest KKT center.
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