What Does Having A Cervical Pinched Nerve Mean?

Neck pain is a very common chronic condition for those who sit at a desk for a majority of the week as well as for the avid exerciser. We have all heard of a pinched nerve and it is very often the culprit when we experience neck pain that keeps coming back. But what exactly does having a pinched nerve mean and what can we do about it?
The technical term for a pinched nerve in the neck is called cervical radiculopathy. ‘Cervical’ refers to the portion of vertebrae in our spine that make up our neck. ‘Radiculopathy’ is a medical term used when a nerve is compressed or irritated, causing symptoms like numbness, tingling, or pain in the muscles of the neck and upper limbs.
Cervical radiculopathy can occur for a number of reasons. It could be caused by things we do every day that strain our neck, such as sitting for hours at a time with poor posture or carrying heavy objects.
There are also some underlying conditions that can cause cervical radiculopathy that need to be diagnosed and treated by a pain management specialist like Dr. Michael Y. Mizhiritsky. These include:
The possible underlying causes of pain and discomfort in your neck make it important to speak to a physician and get a proper diagnose. A neck specialist like Dr. Mizhiritsky can discuss the best course of treatment for you.
Dr. Mizhiritsky will always recommend a few months of conservative therapies to relieve symptoms of cervical radiculopathy. Conservative methods are often very effective in managing neck pain and radiating pain from a pinched nerve. This can include:

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