Symptoms of a pinched nerve will generally be one sided and may be:
● Neck pain (although there may not be any pain in the neck)
● Pain felt in the shoulder or shoulder blade area that may come and go
● Numbness or tingling felt in the shoulder area
● Shoulder weakness
● Loss of range of motion in the neck and pain when rotating the neck to one side
● The pain experienced in the shoulder or shoulder blade area will be worsened when rotating or tilting the neck to one sideIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Generally, a pinched nerve in the neck with radicular symptoms to the shoulder has a good prognosis with conservative treatment. Rarely will this require surgical intervention. Conservative interventions may be:
● Physical therapy will be ordered to reduce the bulge by teaching the patient specific directional movements to perform. Posture and body mechanics will also be an important part of physical therapy as well as exercises to restore and lost strength or range of motion in the neck and shoulder
● Wearing a soft cervical collar may be recommended
● NSAIDs or oral corticosteroids may be advised
● Steroid injection
● Prescription pain relievers
If the above methods fail to relieve pain, your doctor will discuss surgical options with you depending on the severity and location of the compressed nerve causing the pain.