What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?
The underlying cause of cervical radiculopathy is irritation of a nerve in the cervical spine (neck). The cervical nerve roots, named C1-C8, come out of the cervical spine above the vertebral level it corresponds to. The cervical nerves are important as they branch out and connect to the muscles that are responsible for the function and sensation of the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers.
Over time or disease, compression or inflammation, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation or weakness can occur along the nerve pathway. This causes severe discomfort in patients and must be treated.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy?
Compression or irritation of the nerve is most often caused by the following:
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis: the cervical spine degenerates over time. This is natural. As changes in the spinal joints occur, this can lead to tightening between them, thus causing the space in the spinal canal to diminish as well. This compression leads to cervical radiculopathy.
- Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: If you have a cervical spine disc that is degenerating, the disc will flatten and stiffen. This change causes the spine to not have the support it is accustomed to which leads to inflammation and impingement of the nerve root. This type of problem can most commonly found in the elderly (over 50 years of age).
- Cervical Herniated Discs: This condition can be quite painful for anyone who experiences it. If you have a cervical disc that is leaking its inner material and it inflames or impinges the adjacent nerve, this can easily lead to cervical radiculopathy.
We Can Treat Your Cervical Radiculopathy At Innovative Pain Solutions
After conservative treatments like rest, physical therapy, massage, pain medications, etc have failed, our expert pain specialist at Innovative Pain Solutions is here to help you gain back your life. Dr. Kalia will work diligently to find treatment including interventions like cervical epidural steroid injection to treat this condition.
Contact us using the form below to speak with one of our friendly staff members and schedule an appointment at our office. We look forward to working with you and relieving you of your pain.