When a nerve in your body becomes compressed or "pinched," the result can be quite painful. A pinched nerve may also create numbness or a tingling sensation in the area. A pinched nerve can occur just about anywhere, but some common places are your back, neck, wrist or elbow. A pinched nerve can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to heal completely, but you can make it feel better by following a few basic guidelines. Consult your doctor if the pain interferes with your daily activity.
Immobilize the area of the pinched nerve with a brace or splint if possible, says MayoClinic.com. Using a wrist splint for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome may offer relief.
Alternate heat and ice on the area of the pinched nerve, advises Spine Universe. Switch after 20 minutes and remember to wrap your skin with a light towel to avoid direct heat or cold.
Stand in a hot shower or sit in a Jacuzzi tub. This will relax the muscles surrounding the pinched nerve and offer some relief.
Hold a hand-held massager on the area where the nerve is pinched or visit a massage therapist for a professional massage to soothe the muscles around the nerve.
Move your body to increase blood flow, which will expedite healing. Perform light range of motion exercises such as neck or arm circles or gentle stretches. Endorphins will be released by your body in response to the movement, helping to ease pain, says Spine Universe.
Use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling. Take as directed and visit your doctor for a more suitable prescription if over-the-counter medicines are ineffective.