There are approximately 95 billion nerve cells in the human body. If you can imagine a vast network of highways weaving in and out and throughout your body carrying millions of messages or “sensations,” then you have a rough idea of the intricacies involved.
Now imagine that a ligament has shifted slightly to the left or right and is resting on an adjacent nerve. Got it? Good. That’s what happens when you have a pinched nerve.
When your bones, ligaments or tendons literally put pressure on a specific nerve – that’s a pinched nerve. It’s a compressed nerve in your neck that can send pain radiating through your arm or through your shoulder. You might find it painful to turn your head from side to side or experience numbness.
The medical term for a pinched nerve in your neck is cervical radiculopathy and symptoms include:
- Tingling or burning sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Pain radiating into other areas of your body, for example, a pinched nerve in your neck can cause shoulder or arm pain.
Why would a ligament shift position? There are many reasons, including poor posture, repetitive motions, injury, accident, etc.
As you may know, your body is in a constant state of adjustment. One adjusts for tiny airline seats, mattresses, desk chairs, high heels, and everything else. In fact, virtually everything you do (or wear) requires your body to make some type of adjustment that pulls it out of alignment. Done often enough, you can start feeling like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Or at least someone having trouble turning your head without pain.
Other reasons why you might feel the pain of a pinched nerve is due to an earlier accident. Scar tissue or even pieces of bone can compress the nerve. An xray can show the exact problem.
If ignored, you could be at risk for permanent nerve damage and chronic pain.
How Do You Treat a Pinched Nerve in the Neck?
- Over the counter NSAIDS like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling
- Chiropractic care can get at the source of the problem and reduce your pain
- In severe cases, surgery may be recommended
Some chiropractic patients feel immediate relief from pinched nerve neck pain. As you may know, chiropractors are trained to adjust your body so the ligaments, tendons, and bones find their rightful places which means they’re no longer pinching your nerves.
At McQuaite Chiropractic in Doylestown, Dr. Jeff McQuaite will xray you to find the source of the pain and help you map out a treatment plan. You deserve to feel better.