When to Call a Doctor for a Pinched Nerve

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Written by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

A pinched nerve—the layman's term for what doctors call a "compressed nerve"—can be very painful. There are self-care options, such as heat/ice, massage, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. If your pain has just started or if it isn't too severe, you can try these. And rest assured: Most cases of pinched nerves go away on their own.
However, there comes a point when you should seek medical attention for your back pain or neck pain caused by a pinched nerve. Watch out for these severe symptoms. Call a doctor if:

Pay attention to your body and pain. If any of your symptoms concern you, call your doctor.

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