Pinched Nerve in Neck

How is a pinched nerve or cervical radiculopathy diagnosed? After taking an extensive history including past medical history and family history, the doctor can perform a series of orthopedic and neurological tests to check the function of the joints and the integrity of the nervous system. If a structural problem is suspected, x-rays can be performed or an MRI or CT scan. If there are neurological deficits, a nerve conduction velocity or electromyography test can be performed to determine the extent of the damage.

How is a "pinched nerve" treated? Treatment focuses on resolving the cause of the pain and restoring full function to the nerves. Chiropractic adjustments to restore motion to the joints are a primary option. Another option is physical therapy exercises to strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles in order to bring balance to the body and reduce pressure on the nerves. Other options include massage, acupuncture, rest, activity modification, traction, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory supplement or medications, splints/braces.

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