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How can I treat a pinched nerve?

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You may get great relief from simply resting the injured area and avoiding any activities that tend to make your symptom worse. In many cases, that's all you need to do.

If symptoms persist or pain becomes severe, see your doctor.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai web site: "Pinched Nerve."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pinched Nerve Information Page."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)" and "Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Pinched Nerves."

Washington University web site: "Nerve Compression."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 1, 2020

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai web site: "Pinched Nerve."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pinched Nerve Information Page."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)" and "Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Pinched Nerves."

Washington University web site: "Nerve Compression."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 1, 2020

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