When there’s too much pressure on the area around a nerve root in the back or neck, the nerve becomes pinched or compressed. This usually happens when bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, or tendons press too hard against the nerve. The pressure irritates the nerve and can interfere with the way it should work.
A pinched nerve in the back or neck can be minor or severe. Most pinched nerves get better within a few weeks.
But pinched nerves can cause long-lasting problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent damage.
Common causes of a pinched nerve in the back or neck are:
Other causes are:
- Poor posture.
- Stress from repetitive activities.