Cervical Radiculopathy is a common medical diagnosis that can take on a number of forms. Simply put, it’s the pain and neurological symptoms resulting from any irritation of a nerve in the neck, or cervical spine. Many refer to it as a pinched nerve.
Nerves in the neck branch out to the muscles that help your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers move, function, and let you feel hot, cold, soft, etc. A patient’s symptoms and diagnosis of Cervical Radiculopathy vary widely and depend on the nerve that is affected.
Any type of injury or irritation can trigger Cervical Radiculopathy. A few of the most common causes include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Cervical Radiculopathy is more common in middle to older aged adults due to natural degenerative changes in the discs of the spine as we age. Young people experience Cervical Radiculopathy most commonly as the result of a sport or other related injury.
The effects of Cervical Radiculopathy can vary, but the most common symptoms include a tingling sensation in the fingers or hand, weakness in the arm, shoulders, or hand, and loss of sensation.
A variety of pain medications can be used to treat Cervical Radiculopathy. Anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids or nonsteroidal medications like ibuprofen are most commonly used. Physical therapy is another alternative. However, if intense compression of the affected nerve starts limiting mobility or causes weakness, surgery might be needed.
Dr. Grigory Goldberg and his team of experts at Spine Care New Jersey are trained in spine health and are available to help ease your symptoms and help get you on the road to recovery.
If you’ve started experiencing Cervical Radiculopathy symptoms, we encourage you to request an appointment with our spine care specialists.