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Pinched Nerve in the Neck?


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One of the most common causes of neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain is a “pinched nerve in the neck”. A pinched nerve is medical terminology (formerly doctor slang) for pressure on a nerve or nerve compression.

Here is how the Mayo Clinic defines a Pinched Nerve:

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by
surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This
pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling,
numbness or weakness.


A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. A herniated
disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root,
causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg (sciatica).
Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in
your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Me: A pinched nerve in the neck is usually the result of a herniated or bulging cervical disc, vertebral subluxation (misalignment), degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or moderate to severe sprain/strain from say a whiplash or sports injury (think football). This can happen all at once from a trauma or slowly over time from sitting in an awkward position at your workstation, poor sleeping habits (flat pillow with no support), or hobby’s like bowling, playing a musical instrument, knitting, or gardening.

These days, just about everyone spends a lot of time on the computer. Our chiropractic clinic is located in the SF Financial District so almost all our patients sit at a desk for very long hours performing repetitive tasks with the upper extremities on the computer. Many then go home and do more of the same. And a very high percentage of these people already had misalignments in the neck from years of school, studying, sports and life. The stress of working at the computer all day is just another layer of the onion that can accelerate the degnerative process and lead to pinched cervical nerves.

So, what can be done to prevent pinched nerves from happening and what is the best treatment once they do happen?

Well, I am a chiropractor, and I specialize in the treatment of neck, arm, and hand pain. So my opinion is biased owards chiropractic care and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Of course, most of the patients I treat are already experiencing pain and dysfunction. So, our primary focus is to treat the problem and get some relief. We do this using a combination of chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulder, arms and hands. We incorporate massage and stretching into the mix, as well as custom low tech exercises. If needed, we use deep tissue laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain levels.

If a pinched nerve is due to a herniated or bulging disc and the patient does not respond to conventional chiropractic as described above than we will consider cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations naturally.

Sometimes we use a combination of everything we have to achieve favorable outcomes. Our 20years+ experience comes in handy when it comes to making decisions on pinched nerve treatment.

Along side the treatment we teach our patients how to prevent what we treat by making better lifestyle choices. Education on things like ergonomics, sleeping postures, nutrition, supplements, exercise/stretching, meditation and relaxation techniques are some of the things we weave into the treatment process.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.  

By Eben Davis

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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What is a slipped disk in the back?

San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:

Slipped Disc Treatment in SF
The spinal disks (or discs) are protective shock absorbing pads in between the spinal vertebrae. Though the spinal disks do not actually slip out of place, they do have a gelatinous center (nucleus pulposus) that can rupture, bulge, or herniate through the outer fibrous containment walls of the disk (annulus fibrosus).

Disk herniation, ruptured disk, bulging disc, slipped disk, and prolapsed disk, are all terms used to describe an injured disk that is no longer able to function properly, and has lost the ability to contain the jelly-like substance in it's center where it belongs. This is usually confirmed by cervical or lumbar MRI.

This can happen all at once from an injury, such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip and fall…or over time as a result of degenerative disk disease from poor posture at home or work, chronic misalignments of the spine, hormonal imbalances, or hereditary factors.

When the disks rupture or herniate it can put pressure on the spinal nerve roots resulting in a "pinched nerve". Pinched nerves in the neck can cause pain down the arm. A pinched nerve in the low back from a bulging or herniated disk can cause sciatica or pain down the leg.

There are varying degrees of disk herniations (see herniated disk nomenclature). Depending on the severity of a ruptured or slipped disk, back surgery may be indicated. But this is rare. There are nonsurgical options for bulging and herniated spinal disks such as spinal disk decompression, physical therapy, and chiropractic.

Many herniated disks in the spine simply heal on their own. And some people live and die with disk herniations and never even knew they had them.

However…there is a sub-set of herniated disk patients that develop chronic back pain or chronic neck pain. Some become severely disabled. It just depends on the age of the patient, the degree of spinal degeneration, and the severity of the disk pathology, and how many spinal disks are involved.

DRX9000 San Francisco Nonsurgical spinal decompression is the new gold standard as far as natural treatments for disk herniations goes. Disk decompression helps the disk to heal by helping to restore normal inter-vertebral disk position, enlarging the disk space, elongating the spine, and absorbing the herniated disk fragments back to the center of the injured disk by creating a "negative pressure".

Does nonsurgical spinal decompression make sense for you? You need to decide that for yourself. The first step is to locate a disc decompression doctor and find out if you qualify medically…not all herniated disk patient do.

The good news is…spinal decompression is safe and it's gentle. And if it doesn't help you can explore other treatment options. If you have spinal fusion you are automatically disqualified from spinal decompression. It's something to think about.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco and would like to find out if spinal decompression at Executive Express Chiropractic makes sense for you, call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Best Treatment for a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

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Pinched nerve in the neck

Have you been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the neck? If so, you most likely have pressure on a spinal nerve root as it is exiting from in between the cervical vertebrae. A pinched cervical nerve root is usually caused by a herniated disc or a bulging disc.

Sometimes degeneration of the spine or degeneration of the disc can cause bone spurs or bony growth that can encroach upon the environment of the nerve resulting in a condition called spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck vary from person to person and can include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, arm pain, hand pain, pain that radiates from the neck down the arm, numbness and tingling in the fingers, weakness of grip, and night pain.

In fact, you can have a pinched cervical nerve and have no symptoms in the neck at all, but have symptoms in the hand. This makes it tricky sometimes as the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can mimic the symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck. Some patients actually have both CTS and pinched nerves in the neck.

The good news is, we can treat most disc herniations and disc bulges, as well as spinal degeneration and CTS without drugs or surgery.

cervical decompression therapy san francisco
At our San Francisco Chiropractic facilities, as well as at other chiropractic clinics around the world, a combination of chiropractic care, nonsurgical spinal decompression, Active Release Technique (ART), and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, is used to successfully treat most of the primary causes of  pinched nerves in both the neck and low back.

Many patients end up on a wild goose chase trying to figure out the right kind of treatment for a pinched nerve or carpal tunnel syndrome, which can often times lead to cortisone shots, pain meds, and unnecessary surgery.

So, how would you know if you qualify for nonsurgical treatment for your herniated disc in the neck, bulging disc, or spinal stenosis? Well, the best way to find out is to get checked by a doctor that specializes in treating herniated discs without surgery.

We are one of the only clinics in the SF Bay Area to offer cervical decompression therapy with the DRX9000c…a very expensive machine that is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs in the neck.

If you live or work near the San Francisco Financial District you can visit Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center. Call 415-392-2225. 

Or, you can check my recommended list for chiropractors at various locations around the US who do something similar.

You can always send me an email to ebendavis@yahoo.com and I will try to make my best recommendation for a doctor near you.

Please do not think that there is no hope for you or that surgery is your only option. Take the time to educate yourself and find a doctor that has the skills and advanced technology to help you get better.

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Can Headaches and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be connected?

San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Doctor comments on Pinched Nerve in the Neck:

Pinched nerve in neck
We have been helping patients with headache and carpal tunnel symptoms in San Francisco since 1992 at Executive Express Chiropractic (formerly Front Street Chiropractic).

During this time, we have probably seen every possible combination of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) related signs and symptoms…especially the combination of arm/hand pain and headaches.

Why is this…What do CTS symptoms and headaches have in common?

Well…a primary cause of both headaches and carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS is pressure on the nerves in the neck from pinched nerves. So it is very common for patients to present with both conditions.

But there is good news.

The same treatment we would do at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic for neck related headaches (including migraines) can help carpal tunnel symptoms and vise-versa. 

So…even though a patient has symptoms such as neck, arm, and hand pain…along with migraine headaches…if the source of the pain is nerve pressure from pinched nerves in the neck(disc bulges, disc herniations, subluxations, stenosis, facet syndrome, pinched nerves, disc degeneration) …the same treatment will help both.

However…we don't just only treat the neck with CTS. We treat the neck to the fingertips on both sides. The treatment is very comprehensive. It's just that the neck component of the treatment helps many headache conditions as well…which is nice. 

How do we know if the problem is in the neck? That's our job. How does any expert know if they can help a problem? It's what they do.

The beauty of chiropractic is that it's 100% natural. No drugs. No surgery. No needles. 

So, it's not like we have to take risky chances to find out if chiropractic can help your CTS or headaches.

And usually we know right away. Sure, sometimes it takes many months of chiropractic care to obtain maximum results. But these are chronic severe cases that have been there for many years. And even with difficult cases the pain relief can be right away. 

So the moral of the story is this…YES carpal tunnel symptoms and headaches CAN be related. And the relationship is usually nerve pressure in the neck from pinched nerves. 

And if this is what's happening…chiropractic can help.

If you are experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms and headaches and would like to find out if you have pinched nerves in the neck, give Executive Express Chiropractic a call at 415-392-2225. We would love to help.



Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Pinched Nerve in the Neck in San Francisco?

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Hcp59055[1] If you have been diagnosed with a Pinched Nerve in the neck…you probably have one or more of the following underlying conditions:

1. Cervical Disc Herniation

2. Cervical Disc Bulge

3. Cervical (Spinal) Stenosis

4. Vertebral Subluxation

5. Degenerative Disc Disease of the cervical spine

6. Spinal Arthritis (Bone spurs)

Maybe you have only seen your family doctor…or maybe you have seen an orthopedic doctor or a chiropractor. Maybe you have had an x-ray or an MRI…or maybe not.

You see a Pinched Nerve is kind of a catch-all phrase for neck pain from nerve pressure…which can result in radiating pain down the arm, numbness, tingling, weakness of grip…even headaches. The most common causes of pinched nerves in the neck are those listed above. 

The treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck will vary depending on who you talk to and what kind of doctor you see.

At Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco, we treat Pinched Nerves with chiropractic, active release techniques (ART), exercise, and cervical nonsurgical spinal decompression…not necessarily all at the same time.

Most of the time we are successful…which is great, because neck surgery is not much fun (Note: NOT ALL PINCHED NERVES NEED SURGERY). Especially cervical fusion which is irreversible.

At least what we do leaves our patients whole. We don't take anything out of the body, or put anything in…it's all natural. Either it works or it doesn't. Hey…if it doesn't work you can move on. Sure you may be out some time and money, but so what…you are still intact.

Does chiropractic or cervical decompression ever hurt anyone? Sure…but it's rare.

So…if you have a pinched nerve in the neck (or think you do) and you want to be better, especially if you live in San Francisco…give chiropractic a shot at Executive Express. If you don't live or work near downtown SF, make sure to go to a chiropractor that does nonsurgical spinal decompression also…just in case you need it. 

You can find a spinal decompression doctor that uses the DRX9000c, which is the machine we use at www.axiomworldwide.com.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco…call 415-392-2225 or request an appointment online.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Pinched Nerve in the Neck?

San Francisco chiropractor explains what a pinched nerve is:

Skc_1081 Pinched nerve is not really a medical term. However, Chiropractors and MD’s use this term to describe to patients what is happening to them. I guess what I am trying to say is, there is no such medical diagnosis as Pinched Nerves. But, like I said, doctors use this term between themselves, other doctors, and with patient’s. Sorry if this seems confusing. So, what is a pinched nerve ?  Nerves are branches off of the spinal cord (which is an extension of the brain). Spinal nerves exit from in between the vertebrae, then branch out, like branches of a tree and connect to all your cells, tissues, glands, and organs, controlling their function. You have seven bones (vertebrae) in your neck (C1-C7). Your neck is called the cervical spine in the medical world, so the C is for cervical. Those seven cervical vertebrae under normal circumstances, stack on top of each other in such a way that it creates nice openings for the cervical nerve roots to exit the cervical spine. But, if those bones misalign or subluxate out of their normal position, they can offend and irritate the same nerves they were designed to protect when the are in the correct position. How do I know if a have a pinched nerve in the neck ?

Well, first of all, there are many other conditions other than subluxations and misalignments that can cause the nerves to be compromised. Sometimes even temporarily. Things like a neck sprain from a sports injury or auto accident, where there is a lot of inflammation and swelling around the nerve. And, more chronic conditions like disc herniations and degenerative disc disease, whereby the disc pad which creates separation of the vertebrae loses height causing the bones to clamp down on the nerve.

Some of the symptoms of pinched nerves in the neck are arm pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, night pain, and weakness of grip. And of course, neck pain which can be severe. But, if the condition is chronic you can have all of the above without the neck pain. What can I do for a pinched nerve in the neck?

This depends on the severity of the condition. And, it depends if you are under the care of a medical doctor or a chiropractor (or other providor). I would prescribe ice every 2 hours for a few days. Some light massage, and some very gentle chiropractic adjustments. Maybe daily for the first week. Then, increase the time in between sessions. You would do some gentle exercises at home and we would go from there. If there was no relief after a few weeks I would either refer you to a medical doctor or order an MRI of the cervical spine. If there were disc bulges, herniations, stenosis, or advanced degenerative disc disease,  I would discuss your treatment options with you. Really, there are only a few choices:

1. Pain pills and anti-inflammatories

2. Cortisone

3. Physical Therapy

4. Surgery

5. Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression.

Then, we would either initiate cervical spinal decompression on the DRX9000c  or refer you out for medical consultation. Most of the patients the consult with me are not interested in drugs or surgery unless it is a last resort. But, when you are in pain things sometimes change. Anyway, if you think you have a piched nerve in the neck, you should probably go to a chiropractor first. Chances are, you will be glad you did.

If you live in the SF Bay area and would like to find out if you are a candidate for care at our Financial District Chiropractic Center. Please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a Complimentary Consultation. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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