Cervical Radiculopathy describes pain resulting a pinched or compressed nerve. If the nerve is compressed it will become inflamed and swollen which leads to onset of symptoms. Symptoms include burning or aching pain, tingling, numbness and/or weakness involving the neck and/or arm. Common causes include: herniated discs, arthritis and bone spurs, spinal stenosis or in rare instances mass effect (cysts, infection or tumors). The cervical nerve root becomes irritated, swollen and inflamed which result in the presenting symptoms and pain.
Cervical Radiculopathy is diagnosed with a complete medical history and physical examination. Diagnostic tests may include imaging studies (X-ray, CT, MRI), diagnostic injections (selective nerve root blocks, discograms), and Electrodiagnositic Studies (EMG/NCS). Diagnostic tests will help to confirm the cause of the symptoms.