Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy is the description of pain and/or neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck). Cervical nerve roots, named C1 through C8, exit the cervical spine above the designated vertebral level at all levels except the last one. These cervical nerves then branch out to supply muscles that enable functioning of the shoulder, arms, hands, and fingers.

Common symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include, pain, weakness, or numbness in the areas served by the affected nerve. Pain can be felt in one area only or progress throughout the entire arm.

Treatment options for cervical radiculopathy include rest or activity modification, physical therapy, ice and/or heat therapy, pain management with injections and manual manipulation.