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Causes, Symptoms, Remedies and Support for Patients suffering from a Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Having a pinched nerve is the neck is not a comfortable feeling. Neck pain, stiff neck, soreness, decrease in range of motion and overall discomfort can result. When a nerve root in the neck is irritated or compressed, a patient will show certain signs and symptoms.There will be sensory changes (numbness and tingling), muscle changes (often weakness and atrophy—muscle mass may decrease) and also a change in reflexes. You may benefit greatly by investing in a pillow for pinched nerves—it can serve to provide considerable relief! Lets find out what some of these classic symptoms for specific pinched nerves in the neck:
For immediate pain relief, ice should be applied to the neck and upper back area. The ice pack should be placed over the area of disc herniation (in this case C4-5), not over the area of severe pain. It is important to apply the ice for 30 minutes to allow for penetration of the cold therapy into the area of the herniation. Wait one hour and then re apply the ice pack for another 30 minutes. Ice helps to decrease inflammation and gives you pain relief. Also, it is important to use a towel with the ice pack on the area of the body, to prevent frost burn and make it more comfortable.
Muscle Spasm Therapy
A T.E.N.S unit also works well, although the pain relief may be temporary- Tens works by blocking pain signals. You also use an analgesic gel such as Biofreeze (works well with cold therapy) or Sombra (works well with heat therapy). Both of these work extremely well for muscle spasm and soreness in the neck and upper back areas.
Another therapy that can be used to treat herniated disc in the neck is neck traction or stretching of the neck. Studies have shown that neck traction is an effective treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck.
A study that was completed by Zylbergold 3 that examined 3 types of traction in patients. Static, intermittent, and manual traction were compared to no traction. The study revealed that all patients had relief of symptoms but the intermittent traction group had significant results in terms of decreased pain and increased range of motion in the cervical spine. There are many traction units available on the market today. The gold standard for neck traction is the Pronex Pnuematic traction unit. This traction unit comes in 3 sizes, is very comfortable to use and gives traction in the anterior (front part) and posterior part (back part) of the disc. The Pronex has one section that stabilizes the occiput, while the other exerts counterforce against a patient's shoulders. The special design of the Pronex supports the natural curvature of the cervical spine during treatment. There is a single-hand pump inflation which allows you to control the Pronex traction device easily while maintaining muscle relaxation during treatment. Another positive is that Pronex will not aggravate or put pressure on the on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Cervical Support Neck Pillow
A good cervical support neck pillow will also help patients who experience pain due to a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degeneration in the spine. The Arc4life Cervical Traction neck pillow is a traction pillow that not only gently stretches your neck neck but also gives good cervical support. This neck pillow allows users to have a proper c-curve when sleeping- taking pressure off of the nerves and making sure your head and neck are properly aligned while sleeping. For someone who sufferers with a pinched nerve in the neck, the traction pillow is very beneficial.
Arc4life specializes in products for pain relief. Specifically if you have a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degeneration in the neck spine, we have products to help a pinched nerve in your neck:
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Source: The Neck Pain Support Blog
1.BenEliyahu DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: Study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics ; 1996;19(9):597-606
2.BenEliyahu DJ. Chiropractic management and manipulative therapy for MRI documented cervical disk herniationJournal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1994; 17(3):177-185
3.Zylbergold RS, Piper MC. Cervical spine disorders: A Comparison of three types of traction. Spine 1985; 10(10):867-871
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