WHAT IS IT? ACUTE NERVE ROOT COMPRESSION

  • Compression of the nerve where it exits from the spine

  • Severe sharp pain from the neck which runs down the arm

  • Pain is position dependent

 

Signs and symptoms

  • Increased pain with neck movement (extension, rotation)

  • Eased pain with placing arm in sling position or overhead as well as hitching of shoulder

  • Other symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness, weakness, loss of reflexes

WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • Remaining in a posture for a sustained period of time

  • Inflammation

  • Bony growth such as an osteophyte

 

HOW TO SELF MANAGE
  • Seek medication under the supervision of a GP or pharmacist

  • Place the affected arm in the most comfortable position possible

  • Avoid the movements of turning the head or looking up at the ceiling

PROGNOSIS

If not improving with conservative management, then referral to a specialist may be necessary.

HOW PHYSIO HELPS?
  • Manual treatments may include:

  • MobilisationTractionAdvice

  • RE comfortable positions

  • Acupuncture

  • Recommendations RE: heat or ice

  • TENS or interferential

 

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OPENING HOURS

Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm

​Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday: By Appointment​

 

ADDRESS

Sammy Margo Physiotherapy

444 Finchley Road

London

NW2 2HY

Email: physiophysio@hotmail.com

Tel: ​020 7435 4910​​​
Fax: 020 7435 0461

Web: sammymargophysiotherapy.com

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