Even though a pinched nerve may be a painful condition, the longer you stay idle the worse the damage can be. It is important to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor and with their assistance, develop a treatment plan aimed at getting blood flowing to the affected nerve as soon as you can to avoid possible permanent injury.
Although the most common occurrences of pinched nerves are in the lumbar region of the spine, when examining pinched nerves that affect the cervical spine, they will most often occur at either the C6 or C7 nerve root. The runner up for cervical pinched nerve roots goes to C5 or C8 segment. Considering this information we will look at those four nerve roots and examine the symptoms associated to them.
- C5 - The main result of a pinched C5 nerve root is shoulder pain, weakness in the deltoid muscles, along with the possibility of a numb sensation in the shoulder area.
- C6 - The main result of a pinched C6 nerve is pain radiating down your arm and into your thumb. Other less common symptoms include weakness in the biceps and wrist muscles.
- C7 - The main result of a pinched C7 nerve is pain and numbness radiating down the arm and into the middle finger.
- C8 - The main result of a pinched C8 nerve is a numb sensation or pain felt in the outside of the hand.
Remedies for pinched nerve in shoulder
Because a pinched nerve in the shoulder area can be a symptom of more serious problems such as, spondylitis, spondylosis, or a muscle spasm. It is important to see a health care provider to be certain that your symptoms are not related to spondylitis as this condition has far reaching effects. To relieve pain caused by a pinched nerve you can try ice packs to numb the area. Making an effort to improve your posture should also provide some relief, as hunching over may cut the flow of blood to the affected nerve root. An important point to remember is that your nerve is causing these symptoms because of a loss of blood flow. Keep your heart healthy and exercise regularly to help give your heart the extra strenght to pump the required blood.
Cinnamon and honey - I am not sure how well this will work but I remember seeing this somewhere in searches. Make a paste of cinnamon powder and honey to apply on the affected area. Leave this on for ten minutes and then wash it off with plain water. Although this is a highly effective remedy, one of the side effects is that it could cause your skin to redden and burn due to the exothermic nature of the cinnamon involved.