Treatment options for a pinched nerve in the neck include rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Surgery to alleviate the pressure on the nerve is an option if nonsurgical treatments fail to solve the problem, according to Everyday Health.
Unless the doctor finds something alarming during imaging tests on the neck, he is likely to begin by recommending resting the neck until the pain from the compressions goes away. In some cases, this rest includes the use of a cervical collar during certain times of the day to give the neck muscles as much rest as possible. The doctor may combine this with anti-inflammatory medications, such as naproxen or ibuprofen, to provide relief from the pain that a pinched nerve causes, as stated by Everyday Health.
Physical therapy on a pinched nerve in the neck may involve ice or heat therapy, cervical traction, electrical stimulation and massage. The patient is likely to receive instructions for exercises to perform at home between sessions therapy sessions to expedite recovery, notes Everyday Health.
Most pinched nerves improve within a few weeks or a month; if a patient's symptoms do not improve within this time frame, surgery may be recommended, as there may be bone spurs and other objects causing pressure against the affected nerve, states Everyday Health