Cervical Radiculopathy

This condition is occurs when a neck nerve is compressed or irritated, resulting in pain. What it feels like: Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include:

  • Pain the radiates into the shoulder
  • Muscle weakness/numbness in arms and hands
  • Loss of sensation
  • Tingling sensation in the hands and/or fingers
  • Sharp or burning pain in the neck and arms
Who is affected? Cervical radiculopathy is typically the result of aging. Younger people who experience Cervical radiculopathy, also referred to as a pinched nerve, do so because of a herniated disk caused by sudden injury. How common is it? This condition is most common in older adults. Risk factors:
  • Age
  • Injury
  • Genetics
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Collar
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery in some cases

Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a "pinched nerve" occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. This may cause pain that radiates into the shoulder, as well as muscle weakness and numbness that travels down the arm and into the hand. Cervical radiculopathy is often caused by "wear and tear" changes that occur in the spine as we age, such as arthritis. In younger people, it is most often caused by a sudden injury that results in a herniated disk.I n most cases, cervical radiculopathy responds well to conservative treatment that includes medication and physical therapy. or more information, click here: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00332 or here:http://www.depuysynthes.com/patients/ aabp/resources/articles_learn/id_51

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