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 & 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

  • Conservative management should be enough to manage mild to moderate arthritis

  • Once pain becomes constant and severe, and life activities are significantly impeded then specialist intervention may be required

How Physio Helps

  • Manual treatments may include:

  • MobilisationTractionAdvice

  • RE comfortable positions

  • Acupuncture

  • Recommendations RE: heat or ice

  • TENS or interferential

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