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Conservative Pinched Nerve in Neck Treatments

Many if not all of the treatments below can be used to help those suffering from a cervical pinched nerve as well as pinched nerves in other areas of the spine.

The following treatments work best whet performed for at least few months. You should not expect to see any actual changes in how you feel for about 2 – 3 weeks after starting treatment, so don’t get depressed and stay committed to your therapy.

Rest
Often the most effect treatment is resting, this means avoiding any activities that may aggravate your pinched nerve. Your doctor may also advise you to wear a cervical collar to limit how much your neck moves to prevent further irritation to the nerves and to help support the head. These cervical collars are made of either soft foam or a hard plastic and you will need to check under the collar everyday to prevent sores or blisters from forming.

Medications
These medications can be used for pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and to help you sleep at night. Most times your medication will only consist of a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Naproxen (Aleve). If these medications are not strong enough to control your symptoms your doctor may also prescribe you stronger Rx medications.

Cervical Pillow
These are specially designed pillows that keep the spine properly aligned as you sleep and can help to reduce your pain allowing you to have a more restful night. These pillows can be purchased at many drug stores or from your physical therapist.

Physical Therapy For a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

This type of therapy comes in two different forms, passive and active.

Passive techniques may include the following:

Cold therapy
This is most helpful when the injury is acute, this means it happened suddenly and you began to feel symptoms immediately or soon after. This therapy helps to reduce pain and swelling by numbing the area and constricting the blood vessels and limiting the amount of blood that is allowed to flow into the area.

Heat therapy
This is most helpful if you are dealing with a chronic injury, this is an injury that has gradually worsened over time and is long lasting. This therapy can reduce pain, help to relax sore and tense muscles and increase the amount of blood flow into the area. This increase of blood can speed up the healing of any damaged tissues.

Massage therapy
While this therapy is more costly then cold or heat therapy, it can help to reduce pain, relax sore or tense muscles, and increase blood circulation.

Hydrotherapy
There are many types of hydrotherapy, from the simple ones such as soaking in a warm bath to the more fancy water spas, whirlpools and swimming pools. Depending on your needs you can have the water cold or warm.

Active forms of physical therapy are:

Exercise
This could include core exercises that would focus on your lower back and abdominal muscles, exercises for the neck area as well as exercises that should be done 3-4 times per week to keep in good shape.

Stretching
Before and after all workouts you should make it a habit to stretch, this reduces the risk of injury to the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

December 31st, 2010 at 7:07 pm




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