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Pinched Nerve Self Tests

Are you concerned that you may have a pinched nerve?  The following home self tests may indicate that you have a pinched spinal nerve.  If you experience pain on any of the following tests, call us at 972-539-5050.

Image of a neck self test

Neck Test – 1
Raise right arm straight out to the side and slightly back and turn head to right as far as you can. Look up at same time hold for 12 seconds. Numbness, tingling or  pain. is a strong indicator of a pinched spinal nerve. Repeat test for left arm.

Neck Test – 2
Rotate neck to extreme right and hold.  A painful test indicates a possible pinched nerve.  Repeat to left side.



Neck Test – 3
Flex neck forward and hold for 12 seconds.  Then flex neck backward, and hold for 12 seconds.  Neck pain or referred pain is a strong indication of a pinched spinal nerve

Neck Test – 4
.Flex neck to the right then to the left.  Hold each for 12 seconds.  A painful test is a strong indicator of a pinched nerve.



Back Test – 1
While standing, flex forward at the waist and try to touch your toes. Try to hold for 10 seconds. A painful test in your back or legs is a strong indicator of pinched spinal nerves.

Back Test – 2
While standing, extend backward at the waist and hold for 10 seconds.  A painful test in the back or legs could likely indicate a pinched nerve

Back Test – 3
While standing, bend right at the waist and hold for 10 seconds.  A painful test indicates a pinched spinal nerve. Repeat test on the left.


Back Test – 4
While standing, rotate at the waist to the right. Hold for 10 seconds.  A painful test indicates a pinched spinal nerve.  Repeat test to the left.

Back Test – 5
Lay on your back on the bed or floor.  Lift both legs at the same time approximately 6 inches off the ground.  Hold for 7 seconds. A painful test indicates a pinched spinal nerve.


Back Test – 6
When coughing, sneezing, or barring down at the stool, do you feel pain in the neck, arm, back or leg?  A painful test indicates a pinched spinal nerve.

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If you experienced a painful test on any of  the above, call us at 972-539-5050 for a free spinal nerve screen.


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Last date modified: December 29, 2008