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Symptoms and Treatment of a Pinched Nerve

You hear it quite often, “I have a pinched nerve in my neck”, but what does it actually mean to have a pinched nerve in your neck, and what may have caused it?

It is very important to treat a pinched nerve to avoid permanent neurological damage, but it is also almost equally important to understand how you pinched the nerve in the first place. By understanding this, you can avoid injuring yourself again in the future.

A pinched nerve in the neck is not actually caused by only one type of injury. There are many different conditions you can develop in your neck that can lead to nerve impingement. Any condition that can either put pressure on a nearby nerve or else cause inflammation that places pressure on a nerve can lead to nerve compression.

A pinched nerve in the back is quite similar to a pinched nerve in the neck. The difference is that a pinched nerve in the back will present symptoms locally, and in the buttocks, legs, and feet.

Some conditions that may cause a pinched nerve in the back or neck include:

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Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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