Pinched Nerve In Neck Symptoms & Treatment

I'm dr. David Oliver I'm a chiropractor

and today we're gonna talk about as a

pinched nerve in your neck pinched nerve

is a common term that's used for people

but the actual causes of a pinched nerve

can be different depending on the

situation that the individual have so

we're going to go through a couple of

those examples and then we're going to

go through some treatments to try to

address these situations so the first

place the nerve can be pinched is

actually within the spine itself so if

we take the spine and we look at it from

the side view this is where your head

basically sits and this is the back side

of you this is the front if we look at

the spine on the side you can see these

little yellow things sticking out these

are the nerves that exit the spine and

innervate either our arm from our neck

or if we're talking about a low back it

will intervene our leg but we're

concentrated on this neck right now and

if you'll see in between the vertebrae

here there's a little bit of a spacer

this is called your disc your

intervertebral disc this can become

problematic and actually start to

irritate the nerve so this can give us

what we call a pinched nerve the other

thing that can occur in the neck is the

hole where the nerve comes out so you

have these holes in the side of your

neck where the nerve actually comes

through this hole on some individuals

become smaller over time or closed off

through the generator changes some

people it's due to trauma and a lot of

it has to do with postural distortions

so people tend to be in an abnormal

postural position which actually closes

this down over time so besides getting

the nerve pinched at the spinal level or

at the disc level you can also have that

nerve pinched away from the spine so as

these yellow nerves as they exit the

spine they're going to come down through

your neck and they're gonna feed into

your arm so this is a specific area in

your neck here it's called your brachial

plexus where these nerves come through

that can become irritated and it can

become irritated for a variety of

reasons so you have muscles in the front

and side of your neck here that can

become tight and if they're tight enough

and they're impinging or irritating the

nerve root they can start to affect that

and give you symptoms into your arm the

other areas you have a couple ribs the

first rib in this area can be slightly

out of position or elevated again that

can start to irritate the nerve that

innervates your arm and multiple nerves

are here so you can get a variety of

symptoms that go into your arm so it can

feel very similar to people to a nerve

that's pinched in their neck but it

could just be pinched along you

their neck or in through the rib here

this is what some people refer to as

thoracic outlet syndrome so it's very

important that you have these two

conditions diagnosed properly so you

treat them accordingly if you treat one

with the wrong method you could cause

further injury when you have a pinched

nerve there's a variety of symptoms you

can get the most common one is just

general pain for people and this can

come in different locations a lot of

people it's just straight in the neck

some people get pain that comes down

their shoulder blade some people will

get pain that goes across the top of the

shoulder other people will start if you

get enough irritation at that nerve

level you'll start to get symptoms that

innervate or feed down your arm so this

can be a variety of symptoms you can get

everything from just straight pain to

numbness to tingling to burning to

electric like pain these are all

symptoms of nerve pain so depending on

the area of the nerve that's being

irritated you can get those symptoms

down your arm and depending on the nerve

that's affected those symptoms will go

into different sections of the arm so

when it comes to treating a pinched

nerve in the neck - probably the number

one advice I give all my patients that

come in with these symptoms is

modification of activities so this comes

down to changing the way you sit

changing the way you work a computer or

just taking breaks so again most of

these conditions come down to abnormal

postures most people are sitting at

their computers all day long most people

are sitting with their head in a flexed

forward position which is causing the

strain that it's caused this irritation

to these nerves so if you simply modify

those positions or get out of them more

frequently you can rest those nerves and

hopefully I'll imitate the irritation

that's going on there

the other simple easy one is ice you

know most of these conditions are due to

inflammation so we want to decrease

inflammation you do not want an increase

inflammation which heat would do a lot

of people come into me with these

conditions and say yeah you know I put

heating back on it last night for 20-30

minutes I woke up this morning I

couldn't move my arm that's because they

increased the inflammation that was

going on at that nerve root level which

caused their symptoms to go through the

roof if we put ice on that we can at

least minimize or reduce some of that

inflammation and hopefully reduce their

symptoms you should know within the

first two one to two days if the ice is

helping when you apply ice you want to

apply if you're applying it in the neck

itself you want to apply it for 15

minutes you want to make sure you have

that area covered and so you don't get a


fifteen minutes you want to try that at

least every one to two hours a pinched

nerve can be very debilitating and can

be very problematic it's pretty

complicated actually to figure out where

these symptoms are actually coming

through like the symptoms could be

coming from the spine itself an

impingement that happened within the

spine as we talked about or along the

pathway of those nerves that innervate

your arms so it's very important to

differentiate those so getting

professional advice either from your

chiropractor or your medical doctor

would be very important to determine

which treatment Avenue to go through

there's one stretch we could do that is

very effective for a lot of individuals

and some individuals it's not effective

and that can actually be detrimental but

you'll know right away if it's good or

bad for you so we're going to go through

that now and basically we're gonna stick

both arms out to our side and we're

gonna pick one of those arms and we're

gonna turn it up so you're gonna turn

your head towards the arm that is

looking down so what we're simply gonna

do is we're gonna turn our head as we

rotate our arms back and forth so what

we're looking to do is the nerves that

innervate our arm come through our neck

and go through the other side we're

looking to have them actually just glide

back and forth and along that pathway as

they're gliding there might be some

adhesions in there that are causing

irritation nerve so sometimes going

through these motions can eliminate that

it's a very important with this exercise

that if you do this exercise and you

start to develop symptoms increase

symptoms in your arm or your neck as

you're doing it it is not a good

exercise for you and if you continue to

do it it could make things worse at that

point it's really important to seek

professional help to determine what's

causing your your symptoms but if it

doesn't as you're doing it again you're

looking at the down hand and you're

turning your head slowly each direction

you're gonna repeat 10 to 15 times and

you might not notice any improvement the

first few times you do it but you want

to do that about five times a day to see

if it gives you any relief again if it

sees any increase in symptoms it's not a

good exercise for you and you should not

do it alright we hope you enjoyed this

video and I just want to emphasize that

a pinched nerve in the neck is usually

caused by poor upper body posture

specifically forward head posture

your head sticks out like this as well

as rounded shoulders you know you

hunched up like that so you need to fix

your posture if you don't want to get a

pinched nerve in the neck and we do have

a PDF of exercises that we'd love to

send you if you want that we will send

you a PDF to your email with exercises

to fix forward head type of posture and

and correct your upper body posture so

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