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What causes a pinched nerve in your neck?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Bone or cartilage: Most commonly, a pinched nerve in the spine is caused by a nerve being compressed by arthritic calcifications from the joint, or from cartilage that lines a joint, or from a slipped disc. Symptoms should be checked by your doctor as severe cases can lead to permanent damage to the nerve and muscles supplied by that nerve.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Nerve Compression: This usually caused by compression of the nerve any where along its route. In the neck it happens where the nerve leaves the spinal canal. In the neck it can be caused by muscle spasm, bone spurs or a herniated disk.

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A 36-year-old male asked:

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
It can: The pinched nerve can cause a occipital headache if it is at the c34 level, otherwise indirect muscular headaches can occur from mechanical disc and muscular injuries. Headaches associated with visual changes and in the front of the head are usually not associated with the neck directly.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Radicular pain: If you have a significant 'pinching' of a nerve in neck you may get root pain, tingling and numbness along the appropriat nerve to the fingers a neurologist can tell you where the problem is somtimes with the aid of an emg(electro myogram, an electrical study of the nerve and muscles) the symptoms may be due to the peripheral nerves such as the median nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How do I deal with a pinched nerve in the neck?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Jargon: Pinched nerve is jargon for many things. It could be muscle spasm or actual impingement by surrounding tissue.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Trickey: If you have a definate diagnosis either by MRI and emg, then ask your pcp to refer you to an interventional pain doctor. Epidural steroid injection may be very helpful.
A 22-year-old female asked:

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause a stroke?

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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Strokes are caused by decreased blood flow to the brain or bleeding in the brain. A pinched nerve in the neck does not affect the brain.

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