San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:
How can you tell if the pain in your neck is from a pinched nerve or tight muscles?
Well...if the neck pain, or neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain...or whatever your set of symptoms are, keeps reoccurring, and the symptoms are the same every time...chances are there' s pressure on the nerves in your neck...probably from a pinched nerve. When the pain radiates from the neck into the arm, it is called cervical radiculopathy (video from www.spine-health.com ).
At least that' s what my experience has been. I have been practicing chiropractic in the SF Financial District for 17 years now, and I have treated thousands of patients with pinched nerves in the neck. When the pain is in the same spot over and over, it tends to hit with more intensity each time, and with more frequency...and the neck pain...or arm and hand pain, lasts longer.
The longer the pinched nerve is left untreated, the worse it becomes...and the harder it is to treat. This is why we like to get in there right away and start the process of correcting the problem.
Pinched nerves in the neck are mostly caused by conditions such as herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, and vertebral subluxations.
Chiropractors have great success with pinched nerves...because we treat the cause...not just the symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, weakness). And correction does not happen overnight...it takes time.
How long a problem has been there, and the severity of the condition, along with your age and overall physical condition will help determine how long your pinched nerve will take to fix.
At my clinic, Executive Express Chiropractic, we offer nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. This gives us the ability to treat cervical disc herniations that are not responding to conventional chiropractic. We incorporate ART ( Active Release Techniques ) into the mix as well, as sometimes pinched nerves can be stubborn.
If you think you may have a pinched cervical nerve, find yourself a chiropractor that does both traditional chiropractic and nonsurgical spinal decompression...and ART if possible...they are out there.