What are Pinched Nerves in the Neck & Back? A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. In the context of the neck and back, this can cause sharp pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness.
- Conservative: Physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and ergonomic modifications.
- Medications: Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Targeted injections to relieve pressure and reduce inflammation.
- Q: Can a pinched nerve heal itself?
A: Some may improve with rest and conservative care, but a physiatrist's evaluation ensures proper treatment.
- Q: What should I avoid if I have a pinched nerve?
A: Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, and follow a physiatrist's guidance for exercises and posture.
- Q: Are injections painful for treating pinched nerves?
A: Injections are usually done with local anesthesia, and any discomfort is typically brief.