This condition is literally a pain in the neck resulting from an injury to or compression of a spinal nerve. This disruption in nerve function causes a variety of symptoms that may worsen when turning the head or straining the neck. Keep reading to learn more about pinched nerves.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related disc degeneration
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spur
  • Spondylosis

Signs & Symptoms

  • “Pins and needles” sensation
  • Numbness
  • Pain (especially radiating down arm)
  • Sharp pain
  • Weakness with some activities
  • Worsening pain with neck movement (extending, straining)

Tips & Treatments

  • This condition typically occurs in people age 50 and older.
  • Many people have this condition, yet are symptom free.
  • Cervical radiculopathy may resolve itself over time.
  • Some people experience recurrence of this condition.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include rest, soft collar to reduce and limit movement, physical therapy, strengthening, stretching, traction, anti-inflammatory medications, oral corticosteroids, physician-directed narcotic pain medication and/or steroid spinal injections.
  • Because surgical intervention may be helpful, seek the medical opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic surgeon.