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Pinched Nerve

Pinched cervical nerveA pinched nerve is described as a damage or injury to a nerve. Pinched nerves can result from overstretching or compression to a specific nerve region.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness, “pins and needles,” burning pain, or radiating pain that extends outward from the injured area. Most people have temporarily experienced a pinched nerve with the sensation of a hand or foot falling asleep.

A pinched nerve in the neck may come from either a disc herniation or bone spurs from spinal arthritis.

Pinched cervical nerves can cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and even tennis elbow.


Our Approach

Treatment of a pinched nerve can be difficult. It is important to understand the geography of the pain generators and explore the multiple sites of potential nerve compression or stretch. Pinched nerves can occur suddenly from playing contact sports or turning your neck quickly, or they can develop over a length of time from activities such as holding the phone with your shoulder or sleeping in and awkward position.

Traditional therapies such as rest, ice, activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medications often help resolve pinched nerve pain. If this management fails, other more targeted therapies can help.

We will perform a complete postural, biomechanical, orthopedic and neurological exam with careful analysis of the joints and tissues from the neck to the fingers.


Imaging such as x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, EMG and MRI may be used, as well. Once an exact diagnosis is made, a variety of soft tissue techniques are used to treat pinched nerves.

These techniques include: Active Release Technique®, Graston Technique®, Fascial Manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, and Transverse Friction Massage. As function is restored to the tissue, rehabilitative and strengthening exercises will be added.
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