Chiropractor in Tallahassee Discusses Causes of Pinched Nerves

posted by Dr.Eric Pragle, DC

Some Causes of Pinched Nerves In The Neck and Back

Chronic, long term neck or back pain can be attributed to a number of things, including:  poor ergonomics at the computer, sleeping position (Stomach sleeping aggravates the neck and the surrounding ligaments and muscles), cracking or popping your own neck or back, Text neck is neck pain from excessive staring at wireless devices/computers, workplace related poor ergonomics, whiplash caused by a car crash, sports injury, a slip and fall or even a blow to the head.  Many people inadvertently hit their heads like when they get in or out of a car.  If left untreated, a pinched nerve often worsen causing severe pain, making it hard to sleep or even turn your neck or bend over. 


  • Sleeping on the back is ideal.  Side sleeping is adequate especially with a good pillow to  support the neck while sleeping on the stomach aggravates both neck and back pain often contributing to a pinched nerve.
  • Latex Rubber beds have proven very comfortable, durable and affordable.  However, bed choice is dependent on the individual preferences of each person.  Many of the highly advertised beds are made of synthetic material (i.e. oil/petroleum) which may release hazardous chemicals and are reportedly hot and not supportive of the spine.  The older beds with metal springs often break down prematurely causing sag and leaving the person sleeping on metal springs pressing into the spine.  An old or unsupportive bed can cause or exacerbate both neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain; even causing headaches.
  • Pillow's are important as they support the neck and back while sleeping especially for side sleepers.  Important to fill in the gap comfortably between the head and shoulders to keep the head and spine in proper alignment when sleeping.  Many people use worn out pillows which can easily cause a crick in the neck or knots in the shoulder/neck muscles. 


  • Housework can aggravate or cause pinched nerves in the neck or back depending on ergonomics of tasks.  Things like painting especially with your arm above your head for hours at a time can cause neck and shoulder tension or scrubbing the floors on the hands and knees can strain the neck and back.
  • Outdoor yard work like trimming with a weed eater or trimming bushes especially high bushes can contribute to a pinched nerve.  Working for hours with your hands over your head.

Pinched Nerve Symptoms

  • Numbness/Tingling in arms and hands
  • Tense neck or back muscles
  • sharp pain in certain positions
  • Poor sleeping
  • shooting pains down the leg or in the hip
  • Neck makes a popping or cracking sound
  • Stiffness or soreness in neck especially when turning head
  • Head Tilt or Rotated in pictures
  • Heaviness of arm
  • Difficulty Turning Head
  • Sharp shooting pains

Pragle Chiropractic offers a safe, gentle treatment for pinched nerves with the AO Treatment and the Back Treatment.  The AO Treatment is a successful, gentle alternative for the relief of pinched nerves in the neck or back.  Natural healing starts at Pragle Chiropractic.  Find gentle, effective, relief for your pinched nerve today, without drugs, nerve ablations, or surgeries.  Please visit to learn more or book your appointment to get well.