A person's neck is likely to be in constant motion — we glance down at a computer keyboard, twist to the right to find a coffee cup, perhaps flinch to the left at the ring of a doorbell. When neck pain strikes this body part because of a pinched or compressed nerve, it can severely impact daily functioning.
Many nerves run through the cervical (neck) area and maybe visualized as soft strings of tissue that carry electrical signals. Sometimes unwanted pressure against the nerve results in pain. These "pinched nerves" (compressed nerves) may generate pain signals which can be felt almost anywhere in the body.
Various symptoms may result from this condition:
Body tissues in the area (tendon, cartilage, bone, etc.) may apply unwanted pressure against a nerve, resulting in pain. A herniated ("bulging") disc, for example, might be the culprit as it squeezes the nerve against bone. A swollen sheath around a tendon or the narrowing of a bony vertebral opening could be to blame.
Arthritis, sports injuries, and obesity are common causes.
Unfortunately, women tend to be more likely to develop this condition.
Swelling from this rheumatoid arthritis may compress nerves.
This thickening of a bony area may cause the narrowing of a space through which nerves extend.
These factors may also place someone at increased risk:
Left untreated, pressure on a neck nerve can lead to any of the following problems:
The following activities may help prevent compressed neck nerve problems:
Dr. Sandra Thompson of The Pain Center is well-qualified to diagnose issues leading to neck pain and can provide various treatment forms to reduce or eliminate neck pain from compressed nerves. Some treatment options include:
If you suffer from chronic neck pain due to this condition and traditional options have not helped, please schedule a consultation with our pain specialist. Contact The Pain Center by calling or submitting a contact form.
Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.
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