Cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as “pinched” nerve is caused by injury to the root of a spinal nerve. It is characterized by neck pain that radiates to the shoulder and the arms.

Symptoms

As we grow older, the spinal discs bulge and lose height. The vertebrae come closer and the disc collapses forming bone spurs in order to stiffen the spine. In this process, the bone spurs make the foramen narrow and pinch the root of the nerve. If these changes are caused as a process of ageing, the condition may be referred as arthritis or spondylosis.

The pain caused by this condition is sharp and may even be felt as pin or needle prick. It may worsen with extending the neck or turning the head.

Diagnosis

The diagnostic tests your NSS spinal surgeon may advise may include X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electromyelography.

Treatment

Often, cervical radiculopathy is treated by nonsurgical treatment methods such as use of soft collars, physical therapy, pain medications, or steroidal injections injected into spine. If the conservative treatments fail or if the condition is severe then Dr Hsu or Dr Singh may recommend surgical treatment. Surgery is performed in order to create more space for the compressed nerves, to maintain stability of the spine and to provide proper alignment to the spine. There are three main procedures that can be performed to treat cervical radiculopathy.

Read more about Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion  
Read more about Posterior Cervical Laminoforaminotomy  
Read more about Artificial Disk Replacement  

All surgical procedures involve risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. For specific advice regarding cervical radiculopathy treatment, please book an appointment with one of our surgeons.

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