Cervical Radiculopathy

What is cervical radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root in the cervical spine becomes inflamed or damaged.  This results in a change of neurological function, which includes numbness, altered reflexes, weakness and/or pain radiating anywhere from the neck into the shoulder, arm, hands or fingers.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptom of cervical radiculopathy is pain that spreads into the arm, neck, chest, upper back and/or shoulders.  It often only affects one side of your body.  If you have radiculopathy, you may also experience sensory issues (numbness or tingling in fingers or hands) and motor problems (muscle weakness, lack of coordination or loss of reflexes).

Causes

The causes for cervical radiculopathy are varied, but it is generally related to a functional problem in the neck and shoulder, where tightness causes minor compression.  THey may also be caused by degeneration causing compression and irritation of a nerve root in the neck.

Treatment

The chiropractic treatment of cervical radiculopathy focuses on restoring proper movement and function through in-office and take-home exercises, which offer the body the opportunity to heal.

References

Eubanks, J. (2010, January 01). Cervical Radiculopathy: Nonoperative Management of Neck Pain and Radicular Symptoms. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p33.html

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