Cervical Radiculopathy

What is it and what are my treatment options?

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What is it?

Seven cervical vertebrae (C1-C7) protect your spinal cord. Each vertebra has tiny spaces that allow your spinal cord to branch out and innervate your upper extremity muscles. Conditions like a herniated disc, fractured vertebrae or spinal arthritis can alter your cervical vertebrae anatomy and pinch one or more of your nerve roots. The resulting condition is called cervical radiculopathy, or simply “a pinched nerve”.

What are cervical radiculopathy symptoms?

Cervical radiculopathy symptoms may be experienced in your neck and/or upper extremities. Usually, symptoms begin in your neck and travel down your arm and possibly into your hand. Key symptoms that you should look out for include:

  • Burning or sharp pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Certain movements or heavy-lifting may make your symptoms worse. It is important for you to contact Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Active as soon as you experience symptoms to make an appointment with one of our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Spine Specialists. An early cervical radiculopathy diagnosis ensures symptom relief and condition improvement.

What are my treatment options?

Cervical radiculopathy treatment is focused on decreasing nerve irritation and possibly decompressing the nerve. Nonsurgical treatment options that may be included in your customized treatment plan include:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy

If you have severe cervical radiculopathy that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, your Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Spine Specialist may recommend injection based or minimally invasive treatment options, such as:

  • Injections
  • Interventional pain management
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

Our Spine Specialists utilize the latest advancements in both non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical options when treating cervical radiculopathy.

How do I make an appointment with Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine?

Please contact Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine if you experience cervical radiculopathy symptoms. We have conveniently located offices in Hackensack, Montclair, and Emerson.

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