Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix a pinched nerve in your neck?

The first step to fixing a pinched nerve in the neck is to determine what is causing it. Taking x-rays can help your chiropractor better understand the underlying causes of your pinched nerve, so they can lay out a course of care that is best for you.

What does a pinched nerve in the neck feel like?

A pinched nerve in the neck can cause a stiff neck, decreased range of motion in the neck, as well as radiating pain in between the shoulder blades and even down the arm.

How long can a pinched nerve last in the neck?

A pinched nerve in the neck can last a very long time, especially if the underlying cause isn’t discovered and treatment is avoided.

Can you rub out a pinched nerve in your neck?

Massage can help alleviate a pinched nerve in the neck but a chiropractic adjustment can restore proper motion to the joints in the spine and take pressure off of the pinched nerve.

Can a chiropractor fix a pinched nerve?

Chiropractors can fix a pinched nerve in the neck. It is important, however, to do an exam and take x-rays to better understand the cause of the pinched nerve in the neck.


Hello everyone. This is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place. Today's video is about having a pinched nerve in the neck. This is typical, and people get neck pain. Usually one side or the other, they're getting shooting pain down the arm. Maybe it's just in the shoulder, in the back of the arm. Sometimes it comes all the way down to the hand. This is common in our office, we see this a lot, so there are different causes for this problem, and it's important we understand what is causing the pinched nerve in your neck. One of the causes can be arthritis. Arthritis can build up in our spine without us knowing, sometimes arthritis can go seven to 10 years in your spine completely undetected without even causing you much pain or dysfunction at all, and then one day, it just kind of flares up for whatever reason, and it can cause this type of pain. Usually, arthritis in the lower part of the neck can pinch the nerves, causing shooting pain down the arm.

Another cause can be a sprain strain injury, car accident and whiplash can cause this type of inflammation as you damage the soft tissue around the spine with a whiplash or sprain strain injury when it inflames, especially if that tissue that was damaged was deep around the spine, that inflammation could press on the nerves and cause that shooting pain down your arm. And another cause can be if you have a disc problem. The discs are these little washers in between the bones, and when they have damage or herniation problems with the disc can lead to this pinched nerve feeling shooting down the arm. Typically with discs, there are some signs of that, though the pain is typically worse in the morning. You cough, sneeze, or go to the restroom, and it can shoot down.

These tend to take a lot longer to heal. But the vast majority of patients who have this problem, it's usually one of these two, something getting locked up in the neck, and most of our patients who come in with this pinched nerve in the neck feeling shooting down the arm respond very well. Usually, within a few weeks, they are doing phenomenally, so we like to decipher what is causing it because we take x-rays in our office to understand the cause. This is why we want... Whenever we're trying to help a patient with this problem, help us better understand the issue so we can set realistic expectations for that patient about how long and precisely it'll take to get better and start feeling better. Hopefully, this answers some questions. If you are having this problem, give our office a call. My name is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.

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