Cervical radiculopathy can occur when a cervical nerve root is compressed or irritated.
Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), but it can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and non-surgical care such as medication and chiropractic manipulation. But if neck pain continues or worsens, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment, such as cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.
Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms
Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment
The treatment for cervical radiculopathy will depend mainly on the severity and the underlying cause of the patient's symptoms.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is painless in over 50% of patients, but other symptoms may be present, such as weakness, numbness, or clumsiness of the extremities.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) refers to impaired function of the spinal cord caused by degenerative changes of the discs and facet joints acquired in adult life.
Several anatomical structures in the upper cervical region are the common sources of cervicogenic headache (CGH). Certain postures, activities, sports, and occupations are associated with a risk of causing CGH.
Cervicogenic Headache Symptoms
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Although neck strains are the most common cause of neck pain, there are several conditions that may lead to either acute and chronic neck pain.
Shoulder pain can result from irritated or compressed nerves in the cervical spine (neck).