Cervical radiculopathy is best described as a disease that is characterised by nerve compression occurring from herniated disk material and/or arthritic bone spurs. Cervical radiculopathy primarily leads to radiating pain in the neck and arm or numbness, sensory deficits and motor dysfunction in the neck and upper body.
Cervical radiculopathy also referred to as pinched nerve is basically the damage or disturbance of nerve function due to the compression of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae. Damage to the cervical area nerve roots result in substantial pain and loss of feeling along the nerve’s pathway into the arm and hand.
Cervical radiculopathy is classified according to the site of the nerve damage that is disturbed or damaged and the area of the pain caused. The various types of cervical radiculopathy are;
The cervical radiculopathy symptoms vary depending on the nerve affected or damaged. The primary cervical radiculopathy symptoms are a radiating pain in the arm, neck, chest, upper back and the shoulders. The other symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include muscle weakness and numbness, tingling sensation in the fingers and hand and lack of coordination in the hands.
There are several cervical radiculopathy causes. The varied nerve roots in cervical area can be compressed by various ways, like –
The first step of a cervical radiculopathy diagnosis is a physical exam by the doctor. The physical examination will include neurological tests to assess sensory changes, strength changes and reflexes. The other diagnostic tools used in the diagnosis process are radiographs, Cervical MRI, cervical X –rays, Electrophysiologic studies and EMG of the arm.
There are plenty of Cervical Radiculopathy Treatments that offer cure for cervical radiculopathy, depending upon the severity of the pain, symptoms duration and the degree of any abnormal findings in the diagnosis exam. The various Cervical Radiculopathy Treatments made available are;
The various cervical radiculopathy remedies one can undertake as part of cervical radiculopathy home treatment are;
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