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A 30-year-old male asked:

stiff, discomfort, feeling pinch all the time at rear skull base (left side) for 10 yr. mri scan shown disc bulging at c3-4 and c4-5 no arm weakness. anyway to cure this pinch feeling without surgery?

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
You might: Try physical therapy or other non surgical modalities like acupuncture but ultimately surgery may be the best way
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Pinched nerve: Yes. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, cervical traction, compound creams, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and pain management with nerve/facet blocks can relieve the pain without surgery.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: Find an experienced physical therapist, and get stabilized with therapy. Then, move to an independent home exercise program. May take several months but outcome will be worthwhile.

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