Trapped nerve in the neck and chiropractic treatment:
A trapped nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed or irritated by surrounding tissues such as bones, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This compression causes inflammation around the nerve root and results in symptoms like tingling, numbness, burning sensations, and shooting pains down (normally just) one arm. Common causes of trapped nerves include:
– poor posture ( desk, while texting, on the iPad)
– repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
– whiplash injuries from car accidents
– herniated discs in the spine (NOT common)
– spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) from Osteoarthritis
– direct trauma to the neck area.
The medical terminology for a trapped nerve in the neck is: Cervical Radiculopathy but most people refer to it as a pinched or trapped nerve in the neck.
This condition gives rise to severe and constant pain in the arm, often going all the way down to and affecting the hand. In most cases the arm pain is so strong that it is not even touched by painkillers. It’s often associated with tingling or pins and needles in the hand, numbness and even weakness of the shoulder, arm or hand.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions such as trapped nerves in the neck area. During an initial consultation with a chiropractor, they will perform a physical examination to identify any problems affecting the spine or other parts of your body that could be causing your pain. They will use special tests such at testing the reflexes, muscle strength and the sensation on the skin to identify what level of the cervical spine (neck) is involved. We will then craft an individualised treatment plan that will involve spinal manipulation or mobilisation to the affected joints as well as soft tissue therapies like massage and stretching.
Trapped nerve neck pain can be debilitating if not treated properly. Fortunately, visiting a chiropractor can help alleviate these symptoms by providing targeted treatments that address the underlying cause of your condition without relying on invasive procedures or prescription medications. If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and arm pain due to a trapped nerve in your neck area, it is important to seek treatment from a qualified
chiropractor right away so you can begin feeling better sooner rather than later!