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Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy


Cervical radiculopathy causes neck pain when a cervical nerve root is irritated and radiates pain into the shoulder or arm. Two nerve roots, one on the right and one on the left, exit in between each bone in the spine (vertebrae) and supplies sensation, motor ability, and position sense to a specific area in the body. The nerve roots can become irritated if pressed upon such as when there is a bulging disc pushing against a nerve, narrowing in the spinal cord, or narrowing in the space where the nerve roots exit through the vertebrae. Symptoms typically include neck pain that radiates into the arm(s). Pain is described as pins and needles, burning, or aching pain. Patients may also complain of numbness or weakness in the arms. Treatment options include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), ice, traction, and epidural steroid injections.