Patients often mistake a pinched nerve for a muscle spasm.
The fact is a muscle does not spasm without a problem with its associated nerve. Every muscle has its own nerve supply that makes it function. Think of it as a "Live Wire"; if it is rubbed, pinched, or stretched, it will send a short circuit to its associated muscles and cause a spasm: a sharp stabbing and even burning pain into the arm and hand. Over time the sensation becomes a deep dull ache, because now the nerve and muscle are slightly damaged.
Doctor's Treatment Plan
The doctors will correct your posture, because pinched nerves
in the neck usually happen when patients have a forward head carriage and rounded shoulders. The treatment plan includes
neuro-muscular massage, therapeutic exercises for strength
and flexibility, and numerous pain controlling modalities of
electric stimulation and ultrasound (if nescessary). When appropriate, specific joint manipulations will be applied to the
neck, shoulder, and mid back, as all these areas affect one another.
Note: It should always be considered that not all injuries are spinal related, and therefore not all injuries can be fully corrected with the benefit of chiropractic medicine. Further, the injury profiles and recommendations for treatment should in no way be used as a substitute for the care of a physician.