Cervical radiculopathy, neck pain

CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve) is a problem that results when a nerve in the neck is irritated as it leaves the spinal canal. This condition usually occurs when a nerve root is being pinched by a herniated disc or a bone spur.

Cervical radiculopathy causes symptoms that radiate out away from the neck. What this means is that although the problem is in the spine, the symptoms may be felt in the shoulder, the arm, or the hand. The symptoms will be felt in the area where the nerve irritated travels. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-spondylosis/

TREATMENT FOR CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

Treatment can be divided into three groups:

  • Conservative treatments which include medication, cervical pillow and epidural injection,
  • Surgery treatment. This includes anterior cervical fusion. After this surgery, patients will probably be placed in some type of brace while healing occurs and it is unusual to wear a brace for 6 to 12 weeks while the fusion occurs and
  • Physical therapy. Whether you have surgery or not, your doctor may have a physical therapist work on an exercise program developed just for you. The physical therapist will teach you ways to prevent further injury to your neck. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/