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What does the treatment for pinched (compressed) nerves include?

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Treatment may include:

Work with your doctor to find the best approach for treating your symptoms.

  • NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may reduce swelling.
  • Oral corticosteroids. These are used to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Narcotics. These are used for brief periods to reduce severe pain.
  • Steroid injections. These injections may reduce swelling and allow inflamed nerves to recover.
  • Physical therapy. This will help stretch and strengthen muscles.
  • Splint. A splint or soft collar limits motion and allows muscles to rest for brief periods.
  • Surgery. This may be needed for more severe problems that don't respond to other types of treatment.

From: Pinched (Compressed) Nerve WebMD Medical Reference

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 18, 2018

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 18, 2018

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