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Pinched Nerve (Cervical Radiculopathy) Stretches & Exercises - Ask Doctor Jo

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A pinched nerve (or cervical radiculopathy) is basically when the nerve coming out of the spine gets irritated at the nerve root. This can cause pain and weakness going down into the arm. These exercises should help. See Doctor Jo’s blog post about this at: http://www.askdoctorjo.com/pinched-nerve First start off with a nerve glide. Remember that nerve glides should only be done once a day with about 10 repetitions. Anything more might irritate the nerve further. Put your arm out to the side of your head, and bend your elbow at a ninety degree angle where your hand is in the air. Turn your palm towards your head. Imagine that there is a string around your head and hand, so they have to move together. When your hand comes down, your head sidebends to that side, and then they both come back up together. Now place your hand under your thigh to keep your shoulder down, then side bend your head to the opposite side and gently put pressure with your other hand to get a stretch through your trapezius muscles. Hold these for 30 seconds and perform 3 times on each side. Next you will do a chin tuck. You don’t want to tuck it down to your chest, but take your chin, and pull it backwards. You can put your finger on your chin, as a target or starting point, and then tuck it in. Hold it for about 3-5 seconds, and then relax. Do this about 3-5 times. Finally, you will do a chin tuck (or retraction) with neck extension. This doesn’t have to be a big movement, and if you already have dizziness issues, you might want to hold off on this one. Related Videos: Neural Glides for Ulnar, Median & Radial Nerves: https://youtu.be/yZJ1MfKqByY?list=PLPS8D21t0eO-_SSqmyKDNI-ODAhwWoMy5 Neck Spasm Stretches: https://youtu.be/Gn9lSUG0mcI?list=PLPS8D21t0eO_Ny9ors3aP4K1P_91a2-yw =========================================== SUBSCRIBE for More Videos: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=askdoctorjo ======================================= Doctor Jo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. http://www.AskDoctorJo.com http://www.facebook.com/AskDoctorJo http://www.pinterest.com/AskDoctorJo https://www.instagram.com/AskDoctorJo http://www.twitter.com/AskDoctorJo http://plus.google.com/+AskDoctorJo ======================================= Cervical Radiculopathy Stretches & Exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZUNcfcdHW4 DISCLAIMER: This content (the video, description, links, and comments) is not medical advice or a treatment plan and is intended for general education and demonstration purposes only. This content should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any health, medical, or physical condition. Don’t use this content to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they give you. Consult with your healthcare professional before doing anything contained in this content. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Ask Doctor Jo, LLC and its officers for any and all losses, injuries, or damages resulting from any and all claims that arise from your use or misuse of this content. Ask Doctor Jo, LLC makes no representations about the accuracy or suitability of this content. Use of this content is at your sole risk.
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antzinator (6 days ago)
does this also apply if the radiculopathy is associated with numbness in the fingers? pinky, ring and middle?
AskDoctorJo (5 days ago)
Yes.
Divas Palace (22 days ago)
Thank you so much,between a car accident years ago combined with sitting stationary for hours working with a desktop. My upper traps and neck has been causing much pain in the lower head to shoulders,these exercises have helped me so much that I already feel relief.Will follow up daily and continue to strechhhhhhh ! Can,t say it enough Thank you,Dr Jo !!!!
AskDoctorJo (22 days ago)
You're welcome! I'm so glad you are getting some relief.
Kombat 36O (1 month ago)
Will these help with c4/c5
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
You're welcome. Good luck.
Kombat 36O (1 month ago)
I have had burning pain that goes down my arms for about 6 months, had a mri and it came back saying i had arthritis in my neck and compression on a nerve, they said i dont need surgery, but sent me to PT and told me to correct my posture, and gave me some streachs to do that are similar to these but i feel like yours will work better than what they had me doing, thank you
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
They should help.
Entertainment tube (1 month ago)
Nice excercises 🖒🖒🖒🖒
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
Thanks.
Brendan Lawton (1 month ago)
Hi Doctor Jo, a few days ago I got a rotator cuff injury. Now, when I do a chin tuck or look down, I get enormous pressure inside my left armpit, my lat and a dull throb in the outer side of my elbow :(
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
You're welcome. It could be, but that doesn't really sound like nerve pain. Nerve pain is usually numbness, tingling, shooting, burning, etc.
Brendan Lawton (1 month ago)
I will have another physio session but I wondered if you think it falls in the realm of trapped nerves? I’ve also been getting muscle spasms in the pectoral, lat and tricep :(
Brendan Lawton (1 month ago)
AskDoctorJo thanks for getting back to me :) I’m away on business for 6 months in another country at the moment, so I can’t drop in and see a GP. I have had a private physio session but they were a bit stumped! Although I think that’s because i still had rotator cuff pain and couldn’t describe the issue I mentioned above without getting confused by the pain from the injury. That’s gone now though and all I’m left with is the described issue.
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
That sounds like more than a rotator cuff injury. Have you been to your doctor yet?
saemus hailstorm (1 month ago)
thank you - made a DIFFERENCE , HA !
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
You're welcome!
Lisa Barnes (1 month ago)
Love your videos! In the future, could you make a video on supine self cervical traction using a small towel?
AskDoctorJo (1 month ago)
Thanks! Do you mean like Mulligan's SNAGs?
Wexen Art (2 months ago)
I visited doctor be because of nerve pain in my neck followed by lightheadedness, dizziness, sharp pain and similar. They gave me just pain killers and told me go leave. My symptoms aren't like this anymore but from time to time I have pains and my head is under pressure. I'll try this out
AskDoctorJo (2 months ago)
I hope it helps.
lee west (2 months ago)
Thanks doc. !
AskDoctorJo (2 months ago)
You're welcome!
chiickadee (2 months ago)
Thank you for this video! These exercises helped relieve my pain a bit :)
AskDoctorJo (2 months ago)
You're welcome!
Josh Briggs (2 months ago)
These stretches have provided so much relief! Thank you!
AskDoctorJo (2 months ago)
You're welcome!
Rohit Pawar (2 months ago)
Hi doctor Jo! My left scapula, shoulder and arm is in pain. My C7 nerve is pinched, it was detected in the EMG test. It's been a year that I'm suffering from this pain. What treatment should I take ?? Will the above stretches help cure my pain? Please help.
AskDoctorJo (2 months ago)
Unfortunately, I don't know for sure if they will help since I can't evaluate you. I think they are worth trying consistently for a few weeks, and see if they help any. Good luck.
Michele Lena (3 months ago)
The only problem is I can't do ANY of the exercises because my neck is fused. How about some help for people with multi level fusions?
AskDoctorJo (3 months ago)
Sounds like you are doing all the right things.
Michele Lena (3 months ago)
yes I do that, aqua workouts and yoga too. Mt doctors just commented I am very strong and more flexible than them. Most my pain is radicular pain from nerve damage.
AskDoctorJo (3 months ago)
Did anyone ever give you isometric exercises to try, so you are not doing the movement, just activating the muscles?
Michele Lena (3 months ago)
I can't move my neck much. Fusions are with anchors and bone growth material, done in 2014. I did not have any disk left and not enough bone to use traditional screw and fixation hardware. I was told by my therapists and doctors not to look up or down, or try to put ear to shoulder. I was asked NOT to return to physical therapy because I cannot do the exercises due to implanted devices and bone growth. The bending of my neck in any direction causes, pain, dizziness, increased radiating pain, and I almost pass out. I mainly have weakness, pain, and radiating pain down arms and legs. My lower spine is severely deteriorated, so that is a whole separate issue.
AskDoctorJo (3 months ago)
Sorry to hear you haven't had help from your healthcare providers. Can you not do the exercises in the video because they hurt, or because you don't want to injure your fusion? How long ago were your fusions?
Kerry Christy (3 months ago)
This is the best vid I’ve found ,thank you Dr.Jo and BTW love your dogs !
AskDoctorJo (3 months ago)
Thank you, and you're welcome! The dogs say, woof (thanks)!
santan sampaguita (4 months ago)
Dr. Joe will my frozen shoulder get well by following your exercise. How can i come to you for.consultation. .thank you so much
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
You're welcome It should help. It really depends on how severe your case is and if it really is frozen shoulder. I am not taking consultations right now. Good luck.
tejpal singh (4 months ago)
V good jo jo ...try to load some more on this chronic isdue
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
Thanks.
Kate Yanko (4 months ago)
Thank you SO much! This helped provide immediate relief and I look forward to doing them daily.
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
You're welcome! I'm glad they helped.
NightOrchid (4 months ago)
Great video.. I'm having trouble on my left side.. in my neck, shoulder with aching down my arm.. it is quite bad as I can't lift my head up straight when I'm out, I have to walk looking at the ground, I have to hold my head looking down at about 45deg, it's awful because I'm not sleeping either due to the ache in my arm... I've had this about 1 week now, I hope these exercises can help
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
Thanks. I hope they help too, but if you don't get much relief trying it for a few days, you should really check in with your doctor. Good luck.
ganesh limone (4 months ago)
Last a few days m having dizziness may be just because of incorrect sleeping,whenever I keep down my neck and then take that up I feels dizziness . Please tell me some exercise to remove this problem , I will be thankful of you mam .
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
Unfortunately, the dizziness could be from a number of things, and each thing would be different treatment. Once you get a diagnosis from your doctor, I should have some exercises to help.
Krishna Jain (4 months ago)
Wow Dr. Jo it felt fantastic and was awesome. Helped when I tried and thank you for that video.
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
You're welcome! I'm glad they helped.
iLhan Kes. (4 months ago)
Does hernia have any link with antibiotics because I have hernia after taking antibiotics.
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
It's possible.
Galactus G (4 months ago)
A herniated disc is causing my pain. About to have replacement surgery on my c7. Would really like to avoid it
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
You're welcome. Good luck.
Galactus G (4 months ago)
AskDoctorJo ok thank you. I obtained this injury bc I’m very active. I’m Brazilian jiu jitzu, that’s where the injury occurred. Also gym, golf, a lot of spine heavy activity. Thanks for the advice
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
You can do the stretches and exercises, but there is really a lot more to therapy than that :-) I do a lot of manual/hands on work, that really can't be done on your own. But I do understand what you are getting at. I think it's really worth trying. If you get the right treatment, it's not always a bandaid, but it is a life long commitment to a maintenance program.
Galactus G (4 months ago)
AskDoctorJo no physical therapy yet. But honestly you can literally look up what a therapist would do and I’ve done that. But if it’s herniated then you can herniate it again which is what happened to me. I feel like everything is a bandaid except for surgery. Sucks I’m only 27
AskDoctorJo (4 months ago)
Have you been to physical therapy for it yet? I think it's worth trying if you haven't.
Candace Gray (5 months ago)
My shoulder make a big pop the other day and ever since I have been in pain in my arm, shoulder, neck, headache, even had ear/jaw pain for a bit. My hand keeps going tingling also and had a little chest pain as well.. it's really odd. It popped again this morning and more pain. It's not a normal pop it's like a giant pop of that makes sense... a hard core deep pop..
AskDoctorJo (5 months ago)
That doesn't sound good. If you can, you should really go see your doctor to find out what is going on.
Kate J (5 months ago)
Are the sliders suppose to be done on the same side as the pain i.e. Pain is on the right side of the neck so you use your right arm and tilt your head to the right? Also on the trap stretch, should that be done on both sides or only one side (and if one side which way do you tilt your head - toward the pain or away)?
AskDoctorJo (5 months ago)
You're welcome, and thanks!
Kate J (5 months ago)
Thank you! I love your videos! They get straight to the point and they are so helpful!!
AskDoctorJo (5 months ago)
Yes, the slides should be done on the same side. I always recommend doing the stretches on both sides since usually they both are tight. Good luck.
Janell Pohlen. (5 months ago)
I stumbled across your video and want to thank you. I retired May 2017 from 42 years of nursing and the last 28 years being an OB/GYN ultrasonographer. The toll that repetitive motion of ultrasound puts on a neck and shoulders is amazing after MRI's, X-rays identifying cervical stenosis, cervical radiculapathy, PT etc I decided to retire with body still intact. Every once in a while the pain flairs back up. Usually from doing some type of repetitive motion(quilting) or sleeping wrong. Of all the therapy I went through, mainly stretching bands and heat, I never saw your stretches. As I say.. Better late than never! Thank you! I'm starting them as my daily routine and will try and touch base later to document improvement. Again, Thank you- I think these will really help.
AskDoctorJo (5 months ago)
You're welcome! I hope they help. Good luck!
4MrsJerry (6 months ago)
Hello Dr. Jo. The ER Dr believe that I may have Cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms that I presented to the ER with was burning neck pain that radiates down my back. Numbness and tingling in my upper and lower extremities, hands and feet. I also had mild weakness in my left arm. The left arm weakness has gone but I still have intermittent numbness and tingling in all my extremities, hands, and feet with the burning neck pain that radiates down my back and at times in my shoulders and chest. Majority of the time I have the burning pain only in my neck area. In the ER a X Ray was performed which the Dr. said my cervical vertebral are aligned. He told me I have to take an MRI to confirm if I have a herniated disc/ slipped disc that maybe pinching a nerve. I will try and get an MRI done soon.To you, what do my symptoms seem like I may have and can it be corrected with doing your exercises?  If so, how long will it take for me to get relief? Do your exercises correct a herniated disc? I will take any advice you can give me concerning all that I just wrote. Thanks in advance for reading my message and answering my questions. I am very worried.
4MrsJerry (5 months ago)
Thank you Dr Jo. I will most definitely go and see a Physical Therapist. Do you think I may benefit from a chiropractor? I know my first step is getting a MRI to check for disc herniation. What type of Dr should I see for my issues. I have an appointment setup to see a Neurologist next month concerning another issue. I did do your exercises for the 1st time 8 hours ago and it help tremendously. Do you think that I should continue to them or wait for MRI rule out? Thanks for answering my questions!!
AskDoctorJo (5 months ago)
I would wait until you can get the MRI before trying too much on your own just to make sure you are doing the right things. Since I can't evaluate you, I don't know for sure what is best at this time. I would recommend going to see a physical therapist in person.Unfortunately, it could be a few different things, so it's best to know what is going on first. If it is a pinched nerve, it is possible to fix it with stretches and exercises if it's not too severe. Good luck.
wolf boi (6 months ago)
i have one now and i cant move my neck
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
If you can, you should go see a physical therapist.
wolf boi (6 months ago)
i wana get rid of it because i cant go to school
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Sorry to hear.
Md Nasir (6 months ago)
Dear, Doctor, After eating I feel my left upper back heavy &tight , what is my problem.? please
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
It could be something with your gallbladder. You should check with your medical doctor.
Cutie Pie (6 months ago)
You are doing great work...👏👏 But when my mum do these exercises she feels pain in her neck and shoulder (not severe)...should she continue doing these exercises or not?
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Thanks. Has she been diagnosed with a pinch nerve by her doctor?
alan flores (6 months ago)
thanx...really helped
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
You're welcome.
Evan Osowski (6 months ago)
Hi doctor jo I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner I have numbness/ tingling in my shoulder blade and you asked how my neck was doing because you said it could be from a compressed nerve. And I never got back to you and I apologise for that but my neck is kind of stiff especially turning to the right that's the side I dislocated my shoulder like ten years ago. So I was wondering if you think this video might help the numbness/tingling in my right shoulder blade?
Evan Osowski (6 months ago)
Ok thank you I'll try them for two weeks and see how it goes.
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
It's okay. I think they are definitely worth trying for a week or two to see if they help. Good luck.
Kalzang Dorjee (6 months ago)
How many times should i do this each day ? and for how long does it take to heal. Amazing video
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Thanks. You can do them 1-2 times a day. It really depends on how severe your case is. Sometimes it's 8 weeks, but it can take up to 12. Good luck.
Mark Slepski (6 months ago)
Dr. Jo. I have the pain and numbness that seems associated with Cervical Radiculopathy. I especially feel the pain when I retract my chin and tilt my head back as you discussed in your final exercise. The pain, strangely, seems strongest in the back of my lat just below my shoulder. Is this typical of Cervical Radiculopathy and how long does this typically take to resolve? Thanks for your help and I'll be trying the exercises regularly.
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Hmm...usually the chin tucks relieve the pain some because it's getting your cervical spine back into a neutral position. Have you actually had a neck injury or are you just thinking that's what it is because of the symptoms? Any shoulder injuries?
Mark Slepski (6 months ago)
I would definitely describe it as nerve pain and it does radiate down my arm with a lot of numbness in my lower arm, hand and fingers, but almost no decrease in strength or mobility and nothing hurts to the touch.
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Are you feeling nerve pain or muscular pain? Does it radiate down your arm when you do this?
Katrina Dixon (6 months ago)
My neck feels like I have a nerve pinched. Every time I bend my head th the side where the pain is I get a spasm.
Katrina Dixon (6 months ago)
AskDoctorJo no I have not. I just started doing some exercises.
AskDoctorJo (6 months ago)
Have you had any imaging done yet?
Dr. Jo, can nerve impingement, particularly in C2 and C3, cause ear pain and throbbing headaches which feel as if they are in the ear?
AskDoctorJo (7 months ago)
It can definitely cause headaches, and it's possible to cause ear pain.
Reesa kenzie (7 months ago)
both hands sensory problem 24/7 for over 3 months ,wrists dont hurt,no diabetes,will these exercises help, I also have bulging discs cervical,some spurs neck and lumbar and c6c7 mild srenosis and also lumbar L5s1 arthritis,geez i sound messed but believe it or not I am very flexible -back cracks allover especially when right leg over twist and or feels sore inflamed,but HANDS are driving me nuts,touching everything like sandpaper,Thank you for videos
David Jacobsen (4 months ago)
Sounds more like lower back issues
AskDoctorJo (7 months ago)
You're welcome. I think they are definitely worth trying, but the best thing would really be to go see a physical therapist in person. Good luck!
Abhilash Ap (7 months ago)
Useful video, great
AskDoctorJo (7 months ago)
Thanks.
SEI Construction Inc (7 months ago)
So, I've been suffering with hand numbness for years off and on. I've gone from thinking it was carpel tunnel syndrome to pronator teres syndrome. After doing the stretches in your video there was instantly a reduction in the symptoms. Is it pretty common to have similar symptoms between these 3 issues? Fingers crossed your video may have helped solve my problem! Thanks
AskDoctorJo (7 months ago)
Yes. Often all of that can be coming from your neck or shoulder. Good luck!
Tamara Nakhjavani (7 months ago)
Thank you so much...I got some relief after the first exercise
AskDoctorJo (7 months ago)
You're welcome.
L S (8 months ago)
Is it normal that radiculopathy doesn't heal with PT?
AskDoctorJo (8 months ago)
Sometimes it doesn't. It really depends on how severe your case is, and what all the PT did. It also depends on how consistent you are with your home exercise program. Have you had imaging done to know for sure it's radiculopathy? Sometimes you can have those kinds of symptoms and it's actually coming from your shoulder.
AYSHA PANCHBHAYA (8 months ago)
Hello mam.my mom is having radicular pain beside elbow (around olecranon process)so tell me is this cervical spondylosis or not???
AskDoctorJo (8 months ago)
She will need to be evaluated to find out where it's coming from. Good luck.
AYSHA PANCHBHAYA (8 months ago)
Not yet mam,she is not consulting dr till now
AskDoctorJo (8 months ago)
Unfortunately, I don't know. It could be coming from a number of things. Has she been to the doctor yet?
j (9 months ago)
Thanks for this!
AskDoctorJo (9 months ago)
You're welcome!
rekhaa rai (9 months ago)
Works really well.thnxx.
AskDoctorJo (9 months ago)
Thanks, and you’re welcome.
Teresa Horner chase (10 months ago)
Is this for slipped vertebrate Ma'am on 2 and 3? Ty. God bless
Monis Manzoor (8 months ago)
teresa chase how is your neck now?
AskDoctorJo (10 months ago)
Slipped vertebrate or slipped disc?
Mike M1956 (10 months ago)
ty dr jo ur a good therapist
AskDoctorJo (10 months ago)
You’re welcome, and thanks!
Dina Eddy (10 months ago)
When I did this exercise, I got dizzy, light headed and it hurt. I'll try again tomorrow and see if when I do the other side it reacts differently. I'll check out your other videos too, even though this was difficult, maybe you show other things to try. Thanks, I like your personality and appreciate your doing videos to help people! 🙂
dana daniela (2 months ago)
I discovered this video on Seans shoulder fixer - there are many great videos there that should help you
Anin (6 months ago)
I always get dizzy and pain on upper side of the neck since 2 days
Arifa Changezi (8 months ago)
Same ... I always get dizzy and faint sometimes
Pl Kennedy (11 months ago)
Do u know the one that goes like this sit down, like your falling or on an office chair, relax, turn neck, putting two fingers on face, try and turn against the fingers, breath in and hold for 5 seconds, then relax and turn neck turn your neck, then repeat
AskDoctorJo (11 months ago)
It sounds like isometric exercises, but I haven't heard of it that way. Do you mean like any of these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWNf6Khc9go
GeraldEvans (11 months ago)
I triggered something in the left side of my neck while towelling my head dry last week. (Embarrassing right?) This has resulted in reduced mobility in my neck (can't do chin tucks without pain at the site) and associated pain and reduced mobility in the left shoulder. My shoulder doesn't hurt if supported up as if by a sling, but does when unsupported or stretched down as of reaching for something or being used to get up from a sitting position. Would naproxen or ibuprofen be better in this case? Heat or ice?
GeraldEvans (11 months ago)
I ended up using a heating pad for a few minutes, then doing the stretches, then icing for 20 minutes. That three times a day plus naproxen and I'm right as rain. Thank you.
GeraldEvans (11 months ago)
AskDoctorJo sounds good! Thank you for the suggestions. Starting that now. I get insurance again after my probationary period with my employer is up so no medical care will be forthcoming for a few months. #MedicareForAll
AskDoctorJo (11 months ago)
Hmm...not really sure what that could be without getting to evaluate you. I would recommend heat to warm up before some gentle stretches (just to tension, not pain), and then ice afterwards.
GeraldEvans (11 months ago)
AskDoctorJo I've had this happen once before and the doctor prescribed physical therapy. My insurance wouldn't cover it and I couldn't afford it, but it cleared up within a week or two. They prescribed some stretches laying on my back and doing neck crunches which I did. This time though I can barely decline my chin. I get about an inch of deflection backwards (trying to make many chins) or about an inch down from normal towards my chest before I get tightness down the left side of my neck and tightness/burning down the left scapular area.
Mia Davina (11 months ago)
I like the Supergirl shirt :) My neck had been hurting all yesterday from "sleeping on it wrong", and at night I went to brush my teeth and as I threw my head back it pinched something in my neck and felt the most overwhelming pain I've ever had start coming over my neck arms and back, thought I tore a muscle or got a Charley horse in my back muscle, but I think this is more likely the case as these exercises have helped, and reading others comments and how this will pass in time makes me feel better :) Thanks for sharing your insights with all of us that are looking at your channel sideways! xD
AskDoctorJo (11 months ago)
Thanks, and you’re welcome. Good luck!
ThaCarti (11 months ago)
I have this pain ever since I started working out earlier this year. I am unable to work out my traps heavy or else it starts hurting. It feels like it’s deep within my right side of my neck and sometime i can feel it down to my right shoulder blade. It only really hurts if i try to work out or if I stretch my neck the wrong way. It’s mostly a dull pain and I don’t even notice it but recently i’m starting to notice it more as I move my neck around.
AskDoctorJo (11 months ago)
Hopefully the above video will help some. Good luck!
ThaCarti (11 months ago)
AskDoctorJo I have not been as it just recently started hurting a lot. I do plan on going soon!
AskDoctorJo (11 months ago)
Unfortunately it could be a number of things. I really don't know without getting to evaluate you. Have you been to your doctor yet?
ThaCarti (11 months ago)
Any idea what this could be?
lilyaoming415 (1 year ago)
Hi Dr Jo, thank you for your videos. I have pain in ulnar and radial nerve and have been doing everything to avoid surgery. However, it has been over 5 years now and the symptoms have gotten worse. 1. Would you say that swimming is okay form of exercise? It hurts me inside to see that I can't lift anymore without pain... 2. What is the point of first exercise and how is it diff from the exercises here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZJ1MfKqByY&t=72s&list=PLovpf-DXMCrY1VYVgkkrmM1ohz1fqikWm&index=5 which one do you suggest that I do? 3. When I type, where should I place my elbow? Thank you, THANK YOU so much for your help.
Anin (6 months ago)
AskDoctorJo I always get pain on neck since 3 days i think it is occipital neuralgia what should I do
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. I think swimming would be okay as long as it doesn't increase your symptoms.  The first one here is a modified version, so less stress on the nerve.  As far as typing, your elbows really shouldn't be eating in anything. Just relaxed off the edge.
Henry Lozano (1 year ago)
When I do a chin tuck, I get a swell of pain behind my left rear deltoid. (also when I look up and tilt my head back, same thing) That whole area is tight and strained. (rear delt/ left shoulder blade, left trap muscle..etc..) I feel like I have a pinched nerve somewhere in there because my thumb and index finger on my left hand have been numb and tingly for a few days now. I shake it to try and wake it up but it's like permanently in that tingly state. Are chin tucks what i want to force myself to be doing to work thru the pain? Is that what will eventually alleviate it and get feeling back in my hand? (I'm a weightlifter so I think i initially caused this in the first place by straining with a weight that was a bit too heavy) What ever i pinched, pinched really good. Based on my description, is there a particular nerve that can be singled out as the root nerve that I pinched? Is there a name for it? And how would I unpinch it?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
It sounds like your radial nerve, but I wouldn't do the chin tucks if they are causing pain and symptoms. You should really have it checked. If a nerve is pinched, the quicker you can get it fixed, the better. Good luck.
Gina Robinson (1 year ago)
Awesome! I was in a car accident 2 years ago and these are EXACTLY what the PT had me doing! Consistency will work! My therapist had me doing the exercises 5x per day to move me back to center. Eventually the numbness left my arm as I continued the pain continued to move to my center back while diminishing. Originally I did NOT believe this would work and insisted on a MRI. After admitting to myself I did NOT have MD behind my name, I did what my PT asked me to and the pain eventually went away. 😊 Anyone who is suffering from neck pain, back pain and/or numbness in your arm, stay with it. You have to work those tendons (I think it's tendons....remember NO MD here) back to center. It will work. *I did NOT do your first stretch, that was new to me.
Andrei C (3 months ago)
Thanks for the info!
David Velasquez (8 months ago)
How long did it take for you to get better?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You definitely have to be consistent with it. Glad it worked for you.
Chris Williams (1 year ago)
Hi Dr. Jo, I've had arm pain, only one side for almost a year. It started with sensitive-to-the touch outer upper arm. Progressed over time to pain in outer upper arm extending into the thumb, with still the sensitivity only in the upper outer arm. Are these the correct exercises to address these issues? If done over time, will they help heal? If not, can you recommend appropriate ones? I don't have any added pain issues while doing these. Also, why am I having sensitivity to light touch? Thanks!
Chris Williams (1 year ago)
Suggested I see a chiropractor, which I haven't done yet. Thinks it's a pinched nerve. He thinks sensitivity could be allodynia?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Unfortunately, I don't know without getting to evaluate you. What did your doctor say?
BF Gersten (1 year ago)
Hi Dr Joe! I have developed a kind of light cric-cric-cric popping on both hips (more on right than left) when I stretch and do side planks. Do you know what this might be? My friends say ligaments, but I can' find much on this that explains what this is and how to relieve it through stretching or PT. Thanks!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
That's not much to go on. Did you have an injury? Does it hurt with any other movements? Does the popping hurt?
Jaya Shankar123 (1 year ago)
I have been having numbness in the right hand thumb for about 6 months.There was heavy pain in the thumb and index fingers and I was not able to use them in the first month.I showed a docter and he gave me some tablets and adviced me for an MRI.After taking those tablets the pain reduced,but the numbness is still remaining in the thumb.Docter,what I have to do to reduce the numbness?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Then you should definitely go see a physical therapist. Good luck.
Jaya Shankar123 (1 year ago)
Docter,I conducted a Nerve Conduction Study,it showed weakness in the labc,it was not in normal level
Jaya Shankar123 (1 year ago)
sorry,ok docter
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
If you didn't get the MRI, that should be the next step to find out what's going on.
Linson Dcruz (1 year ago)
Hi doc, I have mild cervical spondlyosis and c6-c7 left nerve root impingement. Can this be cured by exercise? I'm 38 and was a kind of fitness freak. Now because of this I'm completely Down. Please advice.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You can stop the symptoms, but you have to be consistent with the exercises and stretches and do them forever. Good luck.
Dal Maria (1 year ago)
thank you dr. Jo on my first try it released something on my neck
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome.
V Poog (1 year ago)
I experienced cervical radiculopathy 10 years ago and the pain was horrific. Thankfully, physical therapy completely relieved my pain within 3 weeks. Well, it has revisited me and I have been doing the "90/90 hip lift with right arm reach and balloon" exercise that I remembered helping me greatly back then. I've also discovered your videos and have followed this video as well as the one for carpal tunnel syndrome. What I don't remember from years ago is if I experienced a slight increase in pain after doing the exercises before I experienced relief. Is this normal? Also, you say to do the glides only 10 reps once a day. How often should/can the other stretches be performed? Thank you, Doctor Jo, for your videos!! I'm hoping I'm on my way to 100% pain relief again!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome! I hope they help too. A little pain is pretty normal. You can do the other stretches 1-2 times a day. Good luck!
Raymond Licon (1 year ago)
Thnx
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome.
Robert Sherman (1 year ago)
Thank you for posting this. I've had radiculopathy in my left arm (numbness) for a couple of years, and now it's also moved to my right arm (shooting pains). I have had an MRI that indicates degenerative disc issues at C5-6 and 6-7, so I'm hoping these exercises might help me stop getting up in the middle of the night with one side numb and the other hurting! Who knows -- it might also help make my guitar-playing more comfortable...
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. I hope it helps.
wots ma name (1 year ago)
Hi my nerve is causing my left arm to become almost useless. no strength in grip aswell. is this to be expected
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
If you are having that much loss of function, you really need to go see a physical therapist. The longer you wait, the harder it is to fix. Good luck.
Maria Wilson (1 year ago)
omg thank you so much, I went to physically Therephy and they didn't help me like you did
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Good luck!
TRUMPSTER #1 (1 year ago)
Dr Jo what can cause a tingly numbness down the arm to the thumb from neck to thumb and when head is holding back he feels the numbness go down arm to his thumb. what can it be oh also he can look one side but turn head to other and feels the numb tingly feeling he has to turn his head to opposite side to get rid of the tingly numb feeling Have any ideas what it could be?
Nir Yitzhaki (1 year ago)
dear dr jo! thank you very much for the video! how long should i do those exercises to be pain free? and sec thing, is that ok to keep work out daily while im doing those exercises? (i mean like push ups, sit up, triceps etc...)
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome! It really depends on how severe your case is, but usually it takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks. As far as working out, it depends on if you are having pain with those activities. If you aren't, they should be okay to continue. Good luck.
Totally just saved my bacon! Had THE worst night's sleep ever and these helped me so much! <3 thanks!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome! I'm glad they helped.
Betti Blatman (1 year ago)
I've been advised to have a cervical epidural (which I'm not keen to have) BUT wonder if doing your exercises would improve the protruding nerve?
Shameera Barnes (1 year ago)
Betti Blatman I've had a cervical epidural done. I was hesitant because I've had three in my lower back for childbirth so I knew the lasting pain they cause. But I was desperate to find relief so I went ahead. I regret it. Now I have new pain in addition to my old pain. (Done at Veteran's hospital. Previously tried TENS unit, acupuncture, lidocaine shots, chiropractor, muscle rubs, physical therapy and a bunch of other stuff that didn't work) I pray you find the relief you're looking for.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. I do think they are good in the fact that they might allow you to do more rehab because it usually does make you feel better...instead of just pushing through the pain :-)
Betti Blatman (1 year ago)
Thanks for your speedy response and I value your advice as knowing that having an epidural may only be temporary, I'm not keen to have it as it's not a very pleasant procedure to endure.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Hopefully it will. It really depends on how severe yours is. However, I would recommend going to physical therapy even if you get the epidural. Often people feel really good after the injection, but it's just temporary most of the time. If you take therapy immediately after (even if you are feeling good), you can strengthen the muscles and help protect the area after the injection wears off. Good luck.
Adam C. (1 year ago)
Awesome
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Thanks!
Amrit Khound (1 year ago)
HEy DOc i have some Stiffness over my BAck of the upper neck and feel dizzy most of the time...
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Good luck.
Amrit Khound (1 year ago)
No Doc I have been told to do an MRI of C SPINE Lets HOpe for best
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Did you have an injury? Have you been to your doctor?
Rahul Suryavanshi (1 year ago)
thanks for this. bt the pain becomes terrible in the morning! how to deal with this?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
If you can, I would recommend trying to do them 2-3 times a day, and hopefully the pain will start to go away. Good luck.
Melanie Aguam (1 year ago)
Hi doc! Can I do the exercises not sitting on a chair but sitting in the bed or floor? Thank u..
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Yes. Good luck!
Steve Ebbens (1 year ago)
Thank you. What type of Dr./ specialist should I see?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. I would see a neuro spine specialist.
soloman gacs (1 year ago)
Is the spot of pain suppose to be painful if pressure is applied?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
As long as your neck is in a neutral position, you can lie on your side or your back. Good luck.
soloman gacs (1 year ago)
AskDoctorJo what is the best way to sleep with this injury?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
It can be.
Steve Ebbens (1 year ago)
Hey, thanks! I've been having issues with a noticeable weakness in my left arm and wrist, as well as occasional numbness down the back of my left arm into my fingers. I regularly experience muscle spasms or a single muscle twitch in my left biceps frequently. Last, and most frightening is, while I have a tall, skinny, and tendinous stature, I have noticed a decline in tissue, a visible and noticeable physical gap between where the extensor digitorum and the extensor carpi ulnaris is in my forearm, along with this weakness and numbness in my left arm. Is this last symptom related to the others (caused by the pinched nerve in my neck)? Is is this cause for alarm? Should I have it examined by a professional or should I just work on it with weights, stretches, and exercises? I used to fish heavily and regularly for muskies, which required gripping a heavy fishing rod for long periods of time with my left arm. Having stopped, this noticeable weakness and loss of tendinous tissue could be caused by that. It's the only cause that I could think of. To be quite honest, it's a bit frightening to me. I'm an occasional rock climber and mountain runner and my physical strength is important to me. Regardless, I I think the stretches and exercises will help with my neck and I will perform them regularly. Thanks again.
desertodavid (4 months ago)
AskDoctorJo Hmmmm... I noticed some atrophy in my right arm specially near my bicep and I have constant neck and shoulder pain tingling numbness that kind of comes and goes. But this is been going on for I don't know 4 months. I guess I feel that going to my VA doctor would not do any good, so I don't. I'm trying to get it fixed through watching doctors on YouTube such as yourself. So thank you and take care God bless
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Those are definitely symptoms that need to be examined by a doctor. Numbness and tingling is usually not cause for immediate alarm, but if you feel like you are loosing muscle mass, you definitely need to get it checked sooner than later. If it is a compressed nerve, the longer you wait, the longer it will take to recover once the problem is solved. Good luck!
milan kumar (1 year ago)
doc I hav been suffering with pain in my right hand radiating to my pinky, I feel some radiating pain in my rt side chest rib n rt side back too, I hav been treated fr Spondylitis bt it didnt help much, really frustrated,, any help ll b grt.. Im a dentist.. thanks
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
What kind of imaging have you had?
Nisheet Kashyap (1 year ago)
mam u r beautiful,intellegent,very helpful.Thanks for sharing such videos.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Thanks, and you're welcome.
Ankur Garg (1 year ago)
Hi Dr. Joe I have severe pain in ankle, leg, arm, shoulder and neck in left side of body. I am feeling burning and tingling in all left side of body. whenever water or air touches the effective part the pain become severe. Please help me.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You should go see a doctor as soon as you can. Good luck.
Nayab Asif (1 year ago)
Hey Dr.jo are these stretches good for cervical radiculopathy due to disc bulges at C5 ,C6?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
They should help. Good luck.
Sun Shine (1 year ago)
Good video. Keep them coming. I have a pinch neck nerve which has really turned into a pain in the neck!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Thanks! Good luck.
mr jake gaming (1 year ago)
I love u it worked thanks
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome. I'm glad it helped.
Saif Mirza (1 year ago)
I am having neck and shoulder pain since 2 years ...there is a swelling on both side of neck is it a compress nerve?? ... now there is tingling in my arms and legs pls help me my x rays are normal pls help me🙏☹️
Saif Mirza (1 year ago)
AskDoctorJo yes i have it didnt help
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
I really don't know what it could be without evaluating you in person. Have you tried going to physical therapy?
jona (1 year ago)
I have every symptom for cubital tunnel, guyons, de queverians, carpal tunnel. I have Jeannes sign on my right thumb, my pinky and ring knuckles have start to sink in, im guessing due to wasteing. I believe i have teres major syndrome from the relief i get when i lacrosse ball it. i need more help i cant find anything. do i do evry single execize? my wrists pop constantly and my adductor pollicis are wasteing on my left hand now also. texting with my pointer finger makes it flare up. moving my shoulder the wrong way and typing on pc does also
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Have you been to a doctor or physical therapist yet?
Rob Davies (1 year ago)
I can't seem to do the chin tucks with out it triggering the shooting pain - guessing I should stop doing them if that is the case as to not inflame, any alternative exercises?
Hatshepsut Kemet (7 months ago)
Phil Long I woke up in so much pain last night I threw all my pillows on the floor 😩
Phil Long (9 months ago)
Just came on here to say the same thing. I almost want to cry. This pain is crippling me
Martin Daynorowicz (9 months ago)
Chin tucks give me extreme sub scapular pain and radiating pain down my deltoid. I also cannot do the head over the edge of the bed exercise. (nor can I tilt my head back to shave, drink water, look at the sky).
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
They might help. I think they are worth trying. Good luck.
BigSouljaSODMG (1 year ago)
Jo, can a pinched nerve heal? Or some can't ? I had a pinched nerve in my neck for over a year, I hate it
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
It really depends on how severe it is. Yes, sometimes you can get them to heal. If you haven't, you should try going to physical therapy. Good luck.
Mr Family (1 year ago)
(all of this is on the Left side): This started with a stabbing/burning pain right at the rhomboid area (at the edge of the shoulder blade) the pain went into my posterior delt (but also radiated throughout the whole shoulder) and ended up with numbness and tingling in the distal and middle areas of the 1st and 2nd finger (a little in the thumb) and some numbness in the palm on the same side as the thumb. I also had a pulling feeling in the left pec (probably pec minor) if i turn my head to the left and tilt it back. This was much worse at night especially when laying on my right side, which i thought was odd since the issues were on my left. As soon as i laid down the pain radiated into surrounding areas and multiplied itself 3 fold. Turning or leaning my head to the right does not bother me at all. Turning or leaning my head to the left created a burning pain at the rhomboid/shoulder blade area (i have no neck pain at any time). Not sure if you need to know this but I slept on a very firm mattress which i have now changed to a much better mattress. I saw a chiropractor, he made a few adjustments but really didnt listen to what i was telling him. I tried to indicate which part of my hand was tingling or numb so he would have an idea as to whether it was a Ulna, Median or Radial nerve issue or something else....he didnt really listen, he made adjustment to the C3 area, not C6-7 as i believe he should have...so i'm here, looking to try and fix this myself. I am no expert, but this seems to be an issue with the Median nerve. I have been moving my head forward and back like you showed on this video, I've also been stretching side to side as well and doing head tilts backwards. I also use my inversion table and i've created a home version of a traction device to help decompress the neck. I've found some relief and i am able to sleep without pain but i still have a great amount of numbness in the fingers that i mentioned...also my tricep, forearm and shoulder on that side is becoming weak. Not sure if the muscle is actually getting weaker of if its the fact that the muscles arent getting the signal to work as they should due to the impingement. I know all the stretches but im not sure if i should be doing some of the movements on both sides or just one side? Basically frustrated. Any help here would be great. Additional info: Currently 50 yrs old, male, former athlete, fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the body and how it works and this issue is going into its second month.
Kevin Wong (1 year ago)
Hi Bill forget. I will also stop kinking my neck like you do. Checking that with my CEO, Chiropractor he said that's true especially when I have impingement. I am really glad you are on the road to recovery. Good day. From Kevin Wong - Malaysia
Mr Family (1 year ago)
Kevin, I have continued with basic stretches and i have learned to sleep without having my head tilted on a stack of pillows (it was kinking my neck). I have improved by 80 to 90%. I just have a slight tingling in one finger.... that finger is still sensitive to cold..otherwise its doing a lot better than before. I didnt notice anything working for me, then all of a sudden things just started getting better, so stick with it. I feel like the stretches worked the best...nerve gliding seemed to aggravate things more than they helped (but im sure its different for everybody). I also used ice packs when i had flare ups, that really got the inflammation to go down. I added strengthening exercises as well, i focused on the muscles in the areas that were giving me the most issues, i use a full range of motion with light weight (actually i should say light resistance since i am using resistance bands along with free weight). This has really sped things up for me and 90%+ of my strength is back. I wish you the best, overall my recovery has taken nearly 8 weeks so far. There is one important thing i learned...if your chiropractor, doctor, therapist, etc.. is not listening to you...find a new one. Good luck to you buddy.
Kevin Wong (1 year ago)
hi Bill, what you described here is what is happening to me too. Not a word missed. Have your condition improved? It already 4 weeks now but the numbness comes and goes so as the stabbing pain on my rhomboid area and the trapezoid. Mine is on my right side. I am undergoing Decompression therapy on my neck, as there is impingement on my c5 and c6., nerve gliding, IFC treatments. Well, the frequency of pain has reduced but not fully recover yet. Hope you get well soon too.
Mr Family (1 year ago)
Bed and pillow has been changed. I dont take pain killers before bed...i rarely take any pain killers at all unless absolutely necessary (but its rare). Muscle strength is coming back. Total Numbness & Pain is down to something more akin to "extremely sensitive to cold" with mild numbness in one or two fingers. Things that are cool feel REALLY cold, things that are hot feel VERY hot....otherwise i seem to be improving. Sleep is no longer an issue....just trying to get rid of that last nagging sensation and "slight" numbness.
Shahir Deen (1 year ago)
Good day, i appreciated the video you did, but i have loss the cervical lordosis in my spine and i feel alot of pain and numbness in my arm and right shoulder..If i try to rotate my head back and to the right it'll have the pain there and the numbness does be there id i use the mouse on a computer or in a certain way. Would these exercises help me...I've also bout a neck block, a cervical fulcrum to restore my spinal curvature. Can you give me advice please really want this to disappear..Thank you
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Thanks. I'm not sure if they would help without getting to evaluate you, but I think they are worth trying. As far as a cervical fulcrum, some people think they help, and some don't. So again, it might be worth trying, but I would recommend going to formal physical therapy first. Good luck.
neena verma (1 year ago)
hi mam...should we do stretch exercises before sleeping at night?...as in morning after sleeping my muscles get very uncomfortable
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Yes, you can do them at night and in the morning when you wake up. Good luck.
Erika Lopez (1 year ago)
hi!!! i started these stretches. my neck has been tight and also suffer from TMJ. after these stretches i started feeling tingling on my neck and arms. is this common?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
If it only lasted for a little bit, but not long term. Good luck.
Lawrence Cornacchia (1 year ago)
Hello I have been in so much pain for 12 years from a car accident. 24/7 migraine pain. I have been going to a nucca specialist. I am at the end of my rope. I can't work I am useless. I have a 20 month old and we are 8 weeks pregnant. I am having a hard time taking care of my son let alone myself. if you want to know more let me know. I have lots to tell......
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Wow, that's terrible.
Lawrence Cornacchia (1 year ago)
+AskDoctorJo I have but it seemed to have stopped working. I was on 8 migraine pain kills three times a day and Advil migraine, Tylenol and a few others as needed. I have been told they are the worst case they have ever seen. I have some kind of over active nerve that has made me vomit with blood and then dry heave 8 times every time. I was vomiting in my sleep for 10 years but I would not wake up. I have major problems with my left wrist now because of doing to much in the home and with my son and for my wife. I have been to about 20 different doctors and physical therapist. I have spent $30,000 plus and no one could figure it out. I have no income other then my wife. I am wanting to break through I cry in private daily.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Sorry to hear. Have you tried formal physical therapy?
Borjan Stefanovski (1 year ago)
2 horrible weeks, all kinds of therapies and believe me this exercises helped me very VERY much. Physical therapies may end your spasms or muscle problems but the problem itself takes time to cure and this is one of the best exercises I've tried. I am doing them right now before I go to sleep and I can feel the pain, it really goes away. I will post again if it cures me 100% in the next period :) Thank you, you explain them so well.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome, and thanks.
Louise Rigby (1 year ago)
I've been in so much pain with this and for the first time in six weeks I have been nearly pain free after watching this video and doing the exercises just once! I can't thank you enough 😀👍🏻
Academics At Work Jax (1 year ago)
Louise Rigby Thank you! This brings me hope!!
Academics At Work Jax (1 year ago)
Louise Rigby Wow! This gives me hope!!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome, and thanks :-)
Louise Rigby (1 year ago)
+AskDoctorJo I am so grateful to you. I didn't think doing the exercises just once would make as big a difference as it has but last night I managed to have a pain free sleep for the first time in weeks. Thanks again, you're amazing! 😀👍🏻
Mr.Thresher7 (1 year ago)
Like # 400 ! Woo Hoo.... Thanks a ton Doc. God bless you.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Awesome!! Thanks, and you're welcome.
d man (1 year ago)
God bless you .. not everyone can access free healthcare.. thanks for your kindness
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Thank you, and you're welcome. Good luck.
Patti Thomas (1 year ago)
THANKS!!! My C6- 7 appreciate you!
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Me Moi (1 year ago)
:) Thank you, this helps a lot.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Mariana Brito (1 year ago)
im doing your stretches to recover from pinch nerve also complementing with chiropractor sessions
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
I haven't heard of that before, but it could be some nerve pain you are feeling.
Mariana Brito (1 year ago)
Thanks so much helps me a lot , on the 2nd exercise i feel something on my ear is it normal?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
I hope they help.
Eddy Lindenstein (1 year ago)
Looking for nerve glides or stretches for dorsal scapular nerve? Any ideas?
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
I don't have anything specific for that, but these might help: http://www.askdoctorjo.com/content/neural-glides-ulnar-median-radial-nerves Good luck.
Rosenell Garcia (1 year ago)
Thank you for the advice John Joshua. I am having an asthma medication but still having difficulty in breathing. I can really feel that it is coming from my pinched nerve at my left shoulder. I think a chiropractor or a physical therapist would help me but I cant find a free chiropractor or physical therapist here. I hope that somebody would help me with my problem
Cheryl McC (1 year ago)
Thanks, Dr. J for sharing. I had a cervical fusion - C3 through C7 and have had nothing but pain since the surgery. So, I need to learn to manage my pain. My current pain is in my neck (front and back), jaw, running down my arm to my hand and my leg. Always on the left side. Is it okay to do these (I read the disclaimer), with the fusion? Is it normal to have the pain in the back of the neck winding around to the front of my neck/jaw down to the arm/leg? And my shoulders too! Your "share" via a response will be appreciated. Thank you.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
When was your fusion?
Rosenell Garcia (1 year ago)
Thanks doc for the advice. I would just like to ask if having pinched nerve at my left shoulder affects my heart and lungs? Everytime I feel the pain in my left shoulder and back of the neck, I have difficulty of breathing and having rapid heartbeat and I feel like having a heart attack. I dont have money to go to a doctor so please help me to fix this problem. Is infrared light also safe to use for my shoulder?
John Joshua (1 year ago)
Rosenell Garcia go to a free clinic in your area there should be something you can do. I also recommend trying to get albuterol for emergency asthma attacks and a long term asthma medication for maintenance.
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
You really need to go see a medical doctor. I don't know what that could be.
Rosenell Garcia (1 year ago)
I have asthma since 3 years ago and after that I am always not feeling good and have difficulty in breathing. Sometimes I am having chest pain and difficulty in breathing and sometimes rapid palpitation. Because of that I became depressed and always alone abd even doesnt want to go out. I also does not have any pysical activities because I am not feeling good all the time. I also cannot sleep properly, usually I sleep at 3 or 4 am in the morning. I also undergo a massage therapy sometimes because my left shoulder and back of the neck is very stiff. I always have a thought of dying. Pleas help me Dr.Jo
AskDoctorJo (1 year ago)
Unfortunately, I don't know what it could be without getting to evaluate you. Have you had any anxiety attacks in the past?

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