There are many nerves in the neck that emerge from the cervical spine at various levels that supply the upper body. An irritation of these nerves may cause nerve compression that is commonly known as a ‘trapped nerve’.
Causes: The nerves within the neck may be irritated due to various anatomical reasons. Cervical spine degeneration takes place as part of the ageing process and nerve roots may become compressed as they exit from the spinal cord. Sudden trauma may produce acute nerve irritation such as a whiplash injury or a forceful rugby tackle. Poor posture may put the nerves under prolonged stress and nerve compression may ultimately be a consequence.
Symptoms & Diagnosis: Clients with such conditions normally experience pain, upper limb weakness, numbness and loss of neck movement. Pins and needles or tingling may be reported in the arms or hands.
Management: Early physiotherapy is recommended to ease the symptoms and assist with a full recovery. A skilled physiotherapist will be able to identify the spinal level and the associated nerve involved. An MRI scan or X-ray may be indicated to investigate the problem further.
Please feel free to contact the G4 Clinic to speak to a member of the team for any questions that you may have.