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How Do I Know if I Have Cervical Radiculopathy?

People who experience cervical radiculopathy typically feel pain, weakness or numbness in the areas served by the irritated or compressed nerve. You might experience pain in a single location, like the shoulder, or it can spread along the entire arm.

The intensity and kind of pain that comes with cervical radiculopathy can vary. Some of our patients at Q Spine Institute describe a dull and all-over pain; others describe the pain as severe or sharp.

Certain neck movements (bending or rotating the neck) may increase your pain. Some people report that pain decreases when they place a hand behind their head – this may provide relief from the pressure on the nerve root which can lessen pain and irritation.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Cervical radiculopathy may be treated in a number of ways – either conservatively, through exercise and stretching, or if your condition is severe or worsens, surgery might need to be considered.

If you’re not able to find relief from your symptoms using conservative treatments like stretching, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication or steroid injections, we might recommend surgery to help decompress the spine and relieve pressure.

Surgical treatment options may include laminoforaminotomy decompression, a procedure that uses minimally invasive techniques to expand the space in the spine by removing parts of the laminae and foramina within the vertebra.

If you’d like to discuss possible treatments and the best course of action to relieve your pain, contact a patient advocate at Q Spine Institute – we look forward to helping you!

Cervical Radiculopathy Quick Facts

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain, weakness, and tingling in the neck
  • Radiating pain that begins in the neck

Common Causes:

  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Disc degenerative disease
  • Scoliosis

Can affect all areas of the spine, from your neck down to your tailbone

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