What is a pinched nerve?

Are you experiencing sudden pain in your back or neck? If so, you are probably wondering what is a pinched nerve? Otherwise, known as a compressed nerve, a pinched nerve is a nerve that has been damaged or injured as a result of compression, stretching or constriction. Usually, a pinched nerve will lead to temporary problems. However, if left untreated, it can get worse and lead to permanent issues. That is why it is always best to approach a medical professional if you suspect that you may have a compressed nerve. In cases like this, it is definitely better to err on the safe side!

What Causes a Pinched Nerve in Neck and Shoulders?

A pinched nerve in neck and a pinched nerve in shoulder blade can be caused by a number of things. The most likely causes include:

  • Performing repetitive motions
  • Staying in the same position for a long period of time
  • Injury
  • Bulging disc

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

Symptoms include pain in the affected area, numbness or tingling, pins and needles, and muscle weakness. Some people will also experience worse pain than others. Pinched nerve headaches are also common – it may also cause numbness in the face. One of the most tell-tale signs of a pinched nerve is that of pain in the neck, back or shoulders that comes about suddenly and won’t go away.

pinched nerve in neck and/or shoulders

Pinched Nerve Treatment

Treatment for pinched nerve symptoms is plenty of rest. However, the rest may not always resolve the symptoms. If they persist, physical therapy for a pinched nerve in the neck is a good choice. Many medical professionals also recommend ice or heat for pain relief. However, if you are after a natural, non-surgical and drug-free approach, the A.S. Remodeling Protocol®, which is exclusive to The Head and Neck Centers of Excellence, is the way to go.             

Why the Head and Neck Centers of Excellence?

It is our goal to help get rid of your ‘chronic’ pain in such a way that you can be sure it won’t return any time soon! Our A.S. Remodeling Protocol® is the first of its kind and it is changing lives for the better. Created and backed by Dr. Andrew Smith, it could be the solution you have been searching for all this time!

To learn more about our approach to treating pinched nerve pain, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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