Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment Available at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe symptoms that can arise when a nerve root in the neck (cervical spine) is pressured at the point where it branches away from the spinal column. In addition to pain at the site of the pressure, these symptoms commonly include muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations that travel from the neck down through a shoulder, arm, and hand. The spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, are experienced in diagnosing and treating radiculopathy and other spinal conditions.
Many people confuse cervical radiculopathy with mechanical neck pain, but the two are actually very different. Mechanical neck pain is usually caused by inflammation of the soft tissues in the cervical spine, such as the discs, facet joints, ligaments, and surrounding muscles. On the other hand, the most common cause of cervical radiculopathy is nerve root compression resulting from age-related spinal degeneration. Degenerative spine conditions like disc herniation and spinal stenosis can create this type of excess pressure on nerves, which in turn can cause radiating discomfort.
After diagnosing cervical radiculopathy, a physician at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold will typically advise a patient to try conservative treatment, unless the symptoms are very severe or worsening rapidly. Some first-line approaches that we frequently recommend include:
- Neck immobilization, which may involve a few days of rest and the use of a soft neck collar
- Anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, and muscle relaxants
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Electrical stimulation
- Neck traction
- Selective nerve blocks
Many people are able to achieve the relief they need without surgery, but the process of finding an effective treatment plan can take some time as well as a bit of trial and error. In the event that a patient’s symptoms do not improve sufficiently after a few weeks of nonsurgical treatment, surgery may be suggested. There are several surgical techniques that can be used to address a pinched nerve that is causing cervical radiculopathy, including foraminotomy, discectomy, and spinal fusion. A surgeon can determine the best approach for a patient based on an evaluation of a number of individual factors.
To learn more about treatment options for cervical radiculopathy and other spinal issues, individuals in the Freehold, NJ, area can contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist.