Nerves can be pinched anywhere in your body. Pinching your neck nerve can cause arm pain and weakness and is a common area for your nerves to get trapped. Having a trapped nerve can cause significant discomfort and can affect your work and social life. A trapped nerve in your neck is also known as a cervical radiculopathy.

Physiotherapy treatment can be an effective treatment method for a trapped nerve in your neck.

What are trapped nerves?

Trapped nerves are any nerves that become trapped or pinched. You can trap a nerve anywhere in your body and it is usually caused by pressure being applied to the nerve due to pressure on the soft tissues around it including tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles.

The pressure causing the trapped nerve can also cause inflammation which can create even more pain and swelling exacerbating the situation.

What causes a nerve to become trapped?

Any structure within your neck may become irritated or inflamed as this will reduce the space and may cause the structure to pinch or trap the nerve and this is when you will feel the symptoms of a trapped nerve.

Regardless of cause of the trapped nerve, the symptoms are similar.

What are the symptoms of trapped nerves?

A trapped nerve in your neck can have similar symptoms to common arm problems such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and a rotator cuff injury.

The pain felt may originate in one area such as the neck however the pain frequently radiates into other areas of your body- this is called referred pain.

Pain may be accompanied with:

  • Pins and needles
  • Muscle weakness

How are trapped nerves diagnosed?

Your physiotherapist can perform a series of special tests to determine if you have a trapped nerve and what nerve is trapped.

Trapped nerves share some common symptoms with other conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and rotator cuff injuries so it is important that you get an accurate assessment so treatment is targeted at the right condition.

What treatment can Farrell Physiotherapy offer for trapped nerves?

There are many different treatment options for trapped nerves. Following assessment you will be given a treatment plan individual to you, based on your symptoms and goals. Treatment varies person to person.

Treatment can include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Posture correction
  • Neurodynamics
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Electrotherapy
  • Advice and education
  • Taping
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Joint manipulations

Benefit of physiotherapy for trapped nerves?

Physiotherapy can be very effective as a treatment for trapped nerves. It is important to seek physiotherapy treatment early to avoid any long-lasting damage. The benefits of physiotherapy will depend on your symptoms and goals.

Physiotherapy assists with:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased range of movement
  • Increased strength
  • Prevention of re-injury
  • Enhanced recovery

If you would like to enquire further regarding trapped nerves or physiotherapy, or you would like to book an assessment please call 01245 830280 or e-mail: