Neck Pain, Cervical Radiculopathy
● Symptoms -
Cervical radiculopathy symptoms typically first appear periodically, but it’s also possible they could develop suddenly or gradually over time. The severity of the pain varies for each and is felt in one area only, like the shoulder or progress along the entire arm into the hands and fingers. Some patients describe a dull, general pain but others describe the pain as severe burning, sharp, or knifelike. Patients may also feel pins-and-needle tingling, which can also be accompanied by numbness. Some patients report the pain decreases when they place a hand behind their head; the movement may be relieving the pressure and traction on the nerve root, which in turn decreases their symptoms.
● Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy -
Cervical radiculopathy is described as pain and/or neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that causes irritation to the nerve in the neck, or cervical spine. The neck has cervical nerve roots that split off to supply muscles which enable functioning of the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. They also carry sensory fibers to the skin that provides sensation. Any condition that somehow compresses or irritates a cervical nerve can lead to cervical radiculopathy. When a nerve root becomes irritated, symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness can be felt anywhere along the nerve’s pathway into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand. Ruptured or herniated discs, bone spurs, or an irritated facet joint all can cause irritation to the cervical nerve. This can occur from normal wear and tear, degenerative or arthritic changes, or from acute traumatic activities such as athletics or a whiplash type of injury. Areas of stiffness above or below the problem area frequently lead to abnormal stress at the level of the nerve involvement.
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Dr. Steve Kravitz of Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy provides a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare in order to ensure the highest quality care for patients in Nashville, Tennessee and New York, New York. Treatments are a unique, personalized approach to Physical Therapy which has been developed over twenty years to aid in ultimate neck pain relief.