Ranging from bone spurs to poor posture, a pinched nerve in the neck can be caused due to a number of reasons, such as your lifestyle, or due to accidents, etc. Your body sends warning signals in the form of pain, when you have a pinched nerve. A damaged or pinched nerve may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. A pinched nerve occurs when there is ‘compression’ on a nerve. The pressure may be the result of repetitive motions. Or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping.
It’s important to diagnose the problem and undergo a treatment method for nerve compression to quickly find relief. In some cases, you can’t reverse the damage from a pinched nerve, but the treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms.
Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Nerves are most vulnerable at places in your body where they travel through narrow spaces but have little soft tissue to protect them. For instance, pressure or inflammation on a nerve root exiting the spine may cause neck or low back pain. It may also cause pain to radiate from the neck into the shoulder and arm. Nerve compression in your neck or arm may also cause symptoms in areas such as your: elbow, hand, wrist, and fingers. Performing various exercises prescribed by a professional physiotherapist may help recover from a pinched nerve faster.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Neck:
Sometimes pain may be the only symptom during a nerve compression, or there may be other symptoms without pain. Pain in the area of compression, such as the neck or lower back, or radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain are some of the common symptoms. Numbness or tingling sensation or ‘pins and needles’ or a burning sensation are some other common symptoms which do do include pain. Weakness in performing certain activities is also another symptom. Sometimes symptoms worsen when you try to turn your head in a particular direction or when you strain your neck.
Benefits of Performing Physiotherapy Stretches and Exercises:
Stretches for a pinched nerve in the neck can decrease neck pain, inflammation and stiffness. However, treatment varies depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression. In many cases, all you need to do is simply rest the injured area and avoid any activities that tend to worsen your symptoms. Stretches increase neck mobility and facilitate everyday activities such as turning your neck to see blind spots while driving, etc. There are various exercises such as neck rolls, head turns, etc. which restores muscle flexibility and range of movement. There are more different types of exercises that are important but they should be performed with the help of a professional physiotherapist. Once they teach you the correct way to perform those exercises, you can do them at your home everyday, to prevent a pinched nerve from recurring.
Undergoing physiotherapy from professional physiotherapists may enable you to stretch and strengthen neck muscles in the most appropriate way. They examine your body and accordingly outline a recovery plan which is specifically for you. Our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton are well versed with all the different types of stretches and exercises that help relieving a pinched nerve in the neck.