The Facts about a Pinched Nerve in Neck
Pains in your neck caused by a pinched nerve don’t happen accidentally. They are often caused by one of two different reasons. The neck pain or muscle spasm that occurs from time to time is caused by arthritis or disc problems. It’s true. You may be suffering from a disc problem that has not yet manifested itself in back pain but, nevertheless exists and is causing you problems.
Also known as radiculopathy, a pinched nerve in neck can occur from neck arthritis or from a degenerative disc disease that causes painful bone spurs and decreases disc height. The lower disc height has an immediate and damaging effect. It reduces the size of the opening through which many of the nerves in your body must travel. This newly-reduced opening constricts on the nerve, presses down much more than is meant to be … and causes the “pinch” … and the agony that follows.
Now, it must be said that this “illness” is most often associated with people in their 40s and 50s, not in younger people. The actual symptoms of neck pain are quite recognizable, but should still be memorized and “catalogued” and then “stored” in your brain for future reference.
What are the most common symptoms? You should be aware of any increase in pain in your neck area … of sudden “tingling” … numbness … or even muscle weakness. All of these symptoms are clear-cut indications of a pinched nerve in neck. The best cure for any of these area-specific pains (in the neck, of course) is ample bed rest. Move around your home as little as possible … give yourself a real chance to recover.
If you’re a good patient, you should be up and about – and back to work – in about a week. That is all the time you will need to restore your health and vitality. Once you’ve returned to normal, it may even be a good idea to seek the advice or the professional services of a doctor, some other medical professional, even of a personal trainer to find out which, if any, exercises are safe for you.
If you are cleared for exercise, find time in your schedule for the exercise. You can start slowly and pick up the pace as you get stronger and more physically fit. If you continue to exercise, you are also likely to become more flexible, healthier and much better able to avoid the problems of a pinched nerve in neck.
In short, you stand a good chance of becoming healthier and your body more flexible if you exercise properly. And if you do those things, you will be much, much less likely to get taken down by a painful pinched nerve in neck.
Be smart – exercise, eat properly … live an active, but sensible lifestyle and chances are you will never fall victim to a painful pinched nerve in neck or anywhere else.
Pinched nerves hurt. When you’re fit and healthy, nothing hurts. Choose the right side. Live a healthy and physical lifestyle.