Q: Recently, I have been esperiencing a sharp, burning pain in my arm, and my hand feels numb. When I turn my neck a certian way, the ache intensifies. What is causing the pain, and how can I treat it?
A: Based on your syptoms, you may be suffering from a treatable condition, commonly referred to as “a pinched nerve.” This occurs when a hearniated disc pinches the cervical nerve, resulting in neck, shoulder, and arm pain. As a spine surgeon, one of my main goals in treating and educating patients is to demystify “rumors” regarding spine surgery. For starters, most spine ailments are best treated without surgery. Patients with pain in their back and legs often benefit from treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and injections.