Cervical Radiculopathy – Frisco, TX
The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco have extensive experience in treating a wide range of spine conditions. They use advanced techniques to diagnose and treat Cervical Radiculopathy, a common orthopedic condition of the neck.

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy, or Pinched Nerve, is a neurological condition that affects the nerves of the cervical spine (neck). Spinal nerves branch out at different levels of the vertebral column and these points are called neuroforamen. The nerves move out of the spine and spread to the different parts of the upper body to facilitate the functioning of the hands, fingers, arms and shoulders. These nerves are also responsible for the sensations that occur in the skin. Cervical Radiculopathy occurs due to the compression or irritation of a nerve from where it branches out from the neck.

Causes Of Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Natural wear and tear due to ageing can cause Spondylosis which in turn can trigger the development of Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Sudden trauma or injury to the neck
  • Medical conditions such as Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis etc.

Symptoms Of Cervical Radiculopathy

The symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy may depend upon the position of the nerve that has been irritated. These may include:

  • Neck pain that may radiate to the back, arms and shoulders
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Inability to hold or grasp things
  • A tingling feeling in the hands or fingers
  • Loss of sensation

Diagnosis Of Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Analysis of patient’s medical history and any previous instance neck injury may be taken into account
  • Physical tests may be conducted to assess the cervical spine’s range of motion, reflexes and muscular strength
  • Nerve conduction tests to check for loss of sensation
  • X-ray imaging may reveal changes in bone spaces and growth of osteophytes
  • CT scans and MRI may help in identifying damage to soft tissues and nerves

Treatment For Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Applying ice packs on the affected area may help to reduce pain and swelling
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed
  • The patient should take rest and avoid any activity or postural position that increases pain
  • Mechanical or manual traction may be helpful in some cases
  • Wearing a cervical collar may be beneficial in providing support to the neck and reducing the symptoms. A cervical pillow can be used while sleeping
  • Corticosteroid injections may be recommended in case of severe pain
  • Physical therapy may help to improve muscle coordination, reduce pain and boost strength of the neck
  • In case of severe pain and damage to the nerves, surgery may be required. Following procedures may be recommended:
  • Decompression of nerves by surgically enhancing disc space
  • Removal of bony spurs
  • Artificial disc replacement using prosthetics
  • Surgical realignment of the spine by fusion or bone grafts

For diagnosis and treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.