Serving Cervical Radiculopathy Patients at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, & San Diego
Nerves which travel out to the arms, shoulder and hands first pass through the cervical spine. The cervical spine is a group of vertebrae which are located on the neck. These are smaller, more delicate vertebrae than the ones lower in the spine.
These nerves supply electrical signals and sensation. When a nerve becomes pinched in the cervical spine either by a bone spur or an intervertebral disc, problems develop in the nerve and it no longer functions properly. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms of cervical radiculopathy are weakness, numbness, and pain in the arm that the nerve travels to.
Treatment for Pinched Nerve Neck
Although the source of the problem is located in the neck, the symptoms of the condition will be found towards the arm where the nerve reaches. Spine specialists can usually locate the area that is affected by examining the areas which are manifesting the numbness, weakness, etc. The reflexes also may be affected.
Another symptom of cervical radiculopathy is occipital headaches (headaches which originate in the back of the head and neck which is called the “occiput”). An MRI may be required to expose any irregular soft tissue areas around the spine. An MRI is also useful because it shows the nerves, discs, and bones of the spine.
Treatment for cervical radiculopathy may include physical therapy which consists of gentle exercises to reduce pain. Surgery may be required to relieve the pressure if extensive pressure has caused a marked degree of weakness. A combination of pain medications may also be necessary in treating cervical radiculopathy. If you have been diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, or would like to be examined by a fully qualified medical specialist, Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute may be able to help you today.