How to Heal a Pinched Nerve


When a nerve's regular function is disrupted because a muscle, bone or other tissue is in the way, you may feel pain, tingling or numbness in an area of your body. This condition is referred to as a pinched nerve and can be caused by any number of reasons. Healing a pinched nerve depends largely on the cause of the abnormality.

Things You'll Need

  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapist
  • Surgeon

Rest the area that is bothering you as much as you can. Sometimes a pinched nerve is a short-lived problem that will resolve itself. Resting can help encourage the healing process.

Use pain relievers to take the edge off the pain. Over-the-counter pain relief medications may be sufficient. Contact your doctor for corticosteroids or prescription pain relief if you are not feeling better.

Locate a physical therapist in your area through your insurance company or The Physical Therapists Directory online resource (see Resources). A physical therapist can give you exercises to do that will take the pressure off the area being "pinched."

Treat severe cases with surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, some nerve pain can be eliminated through surgery to remove spurs or repair herniated discs (see Resources).

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