The doctors in the Stanford Medicine Spine Center have the experience needed to effectively treat a pinched nerve. You may experience a pinched nerve when damage to a vertebral bone or disc in your neck or back puts pressure on a nearby nerve root.
We help relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve—also called a compressed nerve or a radiculopathy (pronounced “rah-DIK-you-lop-uh-thee”). Symptoms most commonly include a sharp pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, leg, or back. A pinched nerve may cause tingling, numbness, or burning. Weakness in the arms also may result.
For many people, symptoms get better with time and go away. When they don’t, our team offers complete treatment options. We always emphasize the least invasive treatment approaches possible, such as physical therapy, special exercises, plus medication to relieve pain and swelling. If surgery is needed, we have experience with all procedures.
Stanford Medicine Spine Center patients with pinched nerves also may have opportunities to participate in research studies of new treatment approaches not yet available anywhere else.