In many cases, pinched nerves are temporary and can be treated at home. If you pinched a nerve while engaging in physical activity, stop and try the following:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, which reduce inflammation and help block pain.
- Ice, which reduces swelling.
- Rest until the pain or tingling is gone. Re-injury could lead to more damage.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend that you wear a splint on your wrist or a soft collar around your neck. These garments help relieve pressure on your nerves by providing support and structure. However, they are not permanent solutions and should only be worn for short periods.