The majority of people with cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve) get better over time with rest and limited movement of the neck and upper body muscles. For some people the pain lessens and goes away within a few days to a couple of weeks. In most cases, a combination rest and pain medication is sufficient to remedy the pain. Physical therapy may also be considered if the nerve doesn't return to normal within a given period of time.
However for those people with prolonged symptoms and no relief with rest, medication and physical therapy, steroid injections and/or surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. Our team approach at SCCNS provides solutions for all treatment options. Our pain management doctors are experts in pain injections and use the most up to date technology for pinpoint accuracy.
If surgery is needed, our expert team of neurosurgeons will evaluate the best surgical solution on a personal case by case basis. Surgery may include anterior cervical discectomy & fusion (ACDF) often done along with laminectomy or foraminotomy. Depending on the severity and underlying causes, a total disc replacement may be necessary.