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Cervical Radiculopathy

The bones that make up your spine are called vertebrae. The nerves of the spinal cord run through a canal in the center of these vertebrae along the entire length of the spine.

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition that occurs when the spinal nerves in the cervical (neck) part of the spine) become pinched or compressed, resulting in pain.

What causes cervical radiculopathy?

There are a variety of ways that the spinal nerves in the neck can be pinched or aggravated, including:

  • Cervical foraminal stenosis – A condition that occurs when the bony openings where the spinal nerve roots exit the spine (foramen) become narrower. This narrowing (known as stenosis) may be caused by a bone spur, inflamed ligaments, or bulging discs and can end up pinching the nerves.
  • Cervical herniated disc – A condition that occurs when the soft, inner material of a vertebral disc leaks out and presses on the nerve. This is most often the result of trauma or injury.

Less common causes of cervical radiculopathy include:

  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Tumors
  • Infection
  • Sarcoidosis – A rare disease that causes lumps to grow on an organ

What are symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

Since the nerves in the cervical region of the spine primarily control sensation in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers, this is where most symptoms will be felt. Specific symptoms in these areas will usually include:

  • Pain that ranges from dull to sharp, and may be made worse with movement
  • Feeling of tingling or numbness
  • Weakness or reduced coordination of the muscles
  • Diminished reflexes

How is cervical radiculopathy treated?

Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers a variety of effective treatment options to relieve pain caused by cervical radiculopathy:

 

Schedule an appointment with Twin Cities Pain Clinic to learn how we can help treat your cervical radiculopathy pain.

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