Pinched Nerves In The Neck: How Do You Know & What Do You Do?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:
Many times patients with compressed nerves in the neck will present with shoulder, arm, and hand pain...even weakness of grip. When this happens it's common for the patient to think the problem is in the arm or hand...especially if there is no neck pain.
Yes, you can have a compressed or " pinched nerve" in the neck and not have any neck pain. In fact...this is fairly common. You may even think you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
At my San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic, we are always concerned with where the nerves originate that control or innervate an area of the body that is not functioning properly or is experiencing symptoms, such as pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the upper extremities.
The nerves that exit from in between the bones of the cervical spine, travel down through the shoulder, then down the arms and into the hands. Pressure on these nerve roots will interfere with the transmission of nerve energy to the target cells...resulting in malfunction and symptoms.
The solution is to remove the nerve pressure. Often times this is easier said than done. Depending on how long the problem has been there and what the actual source of the nerve pressure is, will dictate the treatment.