CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

Radiculopathy is not a specific condition, but rather a description of a problem in which
one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly (a neuropathy).
Cervical radiculopathy may cause symptoms to appear in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers.

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?
Cervical radiculopathy means a spinal nerve root in the neck is irritated and/or compressed. The spinal nerve roots are located in the spinal canal and the neuroforamen. The neuroforamen are small holes through which the spinal nerves exit the spinal column. Outside the spine these nerves branch off into other parts of the body forming the peripheral (outer) nervous system. Your symptoms will most likely affect your neck, arms, hands, fingers or shoulders.
Nerve irritation may result from disc herniation, spinal stenosis, osteophyte formation or other degenerative disorders. Nerve irritation may cause sensory and/or motor abnormalities called neurologic deficit. Pain, tingling and numbness are examples of a sensory abnormality. Weakness and reflex loss are examples of a motor abnormality.
Depending on the cause of the cervical radiculopathy, the spine specialist may first recommend non-surgical treatment. This treatment may include medication and physical therapy. Of course, not all patients are alike and some patients may require surgery.
Depending on the cause of the cervical radiculopathy, the spine specialist may first recommend non-surgical treatment. This treatment may include medication and physical therapy. Of course, not all patients are alike and some patients may require surgery.