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- Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult for those with chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.
- Various studies have found pain interferes with sleep cycles, which can increase pain sensitivity and encourage mood swings.
- In this blog, the pain management and spine specialists discuss how patients can get a restful sleep with cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve).
Before blindly following the advice found in blogs and online forums, patients should see a pain management or spinal specialist to determine whether or not treatment can effectively reduce or eliminate pain. We know this is an ironic statement to make, especially since we’re about to share tips on how to sleep comfortably with a pinched nerve, but most people living in pain don’t realize there are ways of getting better.
On the other hand, there are many people out there who are aware of the options for adequate pain relief, but they’re either complacent or they don’t have the means nor the time to get help. At American Spine, we understand these dilemmas are very much a part of everyday life, which is why we’re dedicated to providing people in pain with information on ways to get better.
If you’re experiencing pain in your neck from a pinched nerve, there are several treatment options for pain relief.
- Mild cases of cervical radiculopathy may only require pain medication and physical therapy to relieve tension.
- Moderate cases of cervical radiculopathy may benefit from a combination of treatment options such as pain medication, physical therapy, steroid injections, TENS units, nerve blocks, or radiofrequency neurotomy.
- Severe cases, as well as moderate cases, often benefit most from minimally invasive spine surgery. For cervical radiculopathy, patients may undergo an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, a cervical disc replacement, or a posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy.
If you’re in-between treatments or waiting to see a specialist at American Spine, consider these tips for sleeping with a pinched nerve in the neck:
- Sleeping on your back is usually recommended for patients with cervical radiculopathy.
- A cervical collar worn during sleep may reduce movement to subsequently reduce pain.
- Purchasing a cervical pillow or a small rectangular pillow to position under the nape of the neck while sleeping may also minimize pain.
- Do not place more than one pillow under the neck. Too much support could cause more damage and pain.
To schedule an appointment about your pinched nerve, call American Spine today!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.