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Procedure - Pinched Nerve (Cervical Radiculopathy)

Commonly referred to as a “pinched nerve,” cervical radiculopathy refers to damage or irritation of the nerve roots that exit the cervical spine. At each vertebral level in the neck, a nerve exits the spinal cord and travels to the skin and muscles of the arms.

What Does a Pinched Nerve Feel Like?

Nerves are responsible for three functions: pain, sensation, and strength. Pain is usually the first sign of nerve irritation and can be felt in many different ways. Pain can be deep, dull, and achy or sharp and shooting along the affected nerve. Sensations tend to occur first as “pins and needles” or tingling and may progress to numbness. You may have changes in muscle groups and strength. Because the nerves are responsible for pain, sensation, and strength, compression of a nerve could result in pain, sensation changes, or weakness in different areas of your arms.

How Does a Pinched Nerve Happen?

A variety of things can cause a pinched nerve. A couple of common reasons people get pinched nerves are disc herniation or bone spurs. Disc herniation occurs when the central material inside a vertebral disc squeezes through a tear in the annulus (or outer ring). Bone spurs reduce the amount of space available for the nerve root to live, causing irritation to the nerve.

Treatment for a Pinched Nerve

In many cases, treatment for a pinched nerve can be achieved at home. These conservative methods can help alleviate pain and restore function to the affected area.

  • Medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), narcotic medicines for more severe pain, and muscle relaxants
  • Losing weight, if needed, with diet and exercise
  • Physical therapy or a supervised exercise program

Some people need more advanced treatments. Your Ogden Clinic spine doctor might suggest injections of steroid medicine in the area where a disk is herniated. Additionally, some people might benefit from surgery. During a surgical procedure called a discectomy, wherein the surgeon removes all or part of the disc that is pressing on a nerve root. Along with this procedure, the surgeon may need to remove parts of some vertebrae or fuse vertebrae together.

If you suspect a pinched nerve or experience changes in the strength or sensation of your upper body, contact our office for a consultation with one of our northern Utah spine specialists.

Loran  Archuleta, FNP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Archuleta, Loran, FNP-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Jeffrey  Aucoin, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Aucoin, Jeffrey, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Kurt  Bangerter, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Bangerter, Kurt, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Mark  Bennett, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Bennett, Mark, PA-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Timothy  Houden, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Houden, Timothy, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Kristy  Janssen, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Janssen, Kristy, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
James  Joseph, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Joseph, James, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Scott  McKay, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

McKay, Scott, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Brad  Melville, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Melville, Brad, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Brian  Morgan, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Morgan, Brian, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Paige  Shelton, NP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Shelton, Paige, NP-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Douglas  Shepherd, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Shepherd, Douglas, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Bryson  Smith, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Smith, Bryson, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Randall  Steed, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Steed, Randall, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Robyn  Vaughan, FNP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Vaughan, Robyn, FNP-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Blake  Welling, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Welling, Blake, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Dennis  Winters, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Winters, Dennis, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Francis  Yubero, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Yubero, Francis, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900