Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
Cervical radiculopathy is a term that is often used to describe the pain and neurological symptoms that can result from the compression or irritation of a nerve root in the cervical region of the spine (neck). In this area, nerve roots branch away from the spine to provide sensation to the muscles in the upper extremities. While the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy can vary, they often include tingling sensations in a hand or fingers, as well as muscle weakness and a loss of feeling in a shoulder, arm, or hand. Individuals who are experiencing this type of discomfort should know that cervical radiculopathy is treatable, and are welcome to consult with the spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ.
The spinal experts at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold are board-certified, fellowship-trained, and highly specialized. Of course, some people might wonder whether they should seek cervical radiculopathy treatment from a chiropractor or orthopedic physician. While both types of medical professionals can diagnose and treat many spinal conditions, including cervical radiculopathy, an orthopedic specialist can provide a much wider range of treatment options, including complex surgical procedures, if necessary.
With that said, when treating cervical radiculopathy, our ultimate goal is to help a patient manage his or her symptoms sufficiently so that surgery will not be necessary. Toward that end, we initially focus on identifying and recommending all appropriate conservative treatment approaches. For instance, by reducing the irritation and inflammation of a spinal nerve root, many patients are able to find adequate pain relief. Some nonsurgical methods that many of our patients find effective for addressing cervical radiculopathy include:
- Physical therapy (available onsite), including targeted stretches and low-impact exercises
- Over-the-counter and prescription anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers
- Hot and cold therapy
- Steroid injections
If a patient’s discomfort persists or worsens, we may recommend surgery to address nerve root compression. The outstanding spine surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey are skilled and experienced in performing highly advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive outpatient procedures. In addition to cervical radiculopathy, we also treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal osteoarthritis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal fractures.
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 a consultation with a spine specialist.