What to know about Neck Pain and Pinched Nerve

Neck pain is a common condition characterized by discomfort or pain in the neck region. Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, such as poor posture, muscle strain, injury, or degenerative conditions such as arthritis.

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, or muscles. This can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand. A pinched nerve in the neck can be caused by conditions such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a bone spur.

Back and neck pain can have a lifetime prevalence up to 60-80%. However, the majority of the people with these rather common conditions do recover and return to their normal lifestyle without having to undergo a surgery. What makes all the difference is where you receive the initial treatment of your condition. At New York Spine and Sport, we believe combining active therapeutic physical rehabilitation therapies with advanced pain management interventions is the key for early recovery and favorable outcome.

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options that may help to alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve or pain in the neck. At New York Spine & Sport Rehabilitation Medicine, we offer a holistic approach to you and your treatment instead of focusing solely on pain causing conditions. Our treatments are more effective as we combine physical therapy with non-operative pain management options to treat your pain early and effectively. Our treatments may include:

  • Physical therapy for early and simpler pain conditions. This includes therapeutic exercises to alleviate pressure on the nerve and prevent worsening symptoms, reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen spine stabilizing muscles.
  • Non-operative procedures for pain management such as epidural nerve blocks, facet nerve blocks, heat wave – radio frequency pain nerve ablation for unremitting neck pain
  • Neuromodulation program (Spinal Cord Stimulator) for complex chronic pain syndromes
  • Lifestyle modifications that affect your diet, sleep, mood and emotional strength. Weight loss, cessation of smoking, anti-inflammatory diet, nutrition with improving overall fitness and conditioning are essential in the recovery and recurrence of future episodes of spine pain.

If you are experiencing neck pain or suspect you have a pinched nerve, reach out to the pain experts at New York Spine and Sport today for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.