Like many other parts of your body, your spine changes as you get older, making you more susceptible to health conditions such as cervical radiculopathy. Also referred to as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy may irritate the affected nerve and cause symptoms that radiate to your arm. At Orthopedic Specialists in Palm Harbor, Florida, the team specializes in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy and can provide the care you need to relieve your symptoms. If you’re experiencing radiating pain in your neck, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Cervical radiculopathy is a condition in which a nerve in your neck becomes irritated due to a mechanical issue in your cervical spine. It most often develops from a bone spur or herniated disc that presses on or irritates the nerve root.
While bone spurs and herniated discs can develop from an injury, they often occur due to degeneration of the structures that make up your cervical spine as you get older. This degeneration causes a loss of vertebral height, increasing the risk of nerve pinching.
Cervical radiculopathy often causes symptoms that start at the neck and radiate along the affected nerve. The pain may be sharp and shooting and worsen with certain movements or activities. You may also experience pins and needles in your hands or arms, or muscle weakness. Cervical radiculopathy can also lead to a complete loss of sensation down your arm and into your hand.
The symptoms caused by your cervical radiculopathy can affect your daily activities. To get the answers and treatment you need, contact Orthopedic Specialists for an evaluation.
The team at Orthopedic Specialists provide comprehensive examinations when you come in with complaints of pain and other symptoms that radiate from your neck. In addition to reviewing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor may additionally conduct a physical examination that includes specialized tests to assess your nerve and muscle function.
Your doctor might also request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to determine the underlying cause of your cervical radiculopathy.
Your doctor at Orthopedic Specialists develops a personalized treatment plan for the management of your cervical radiculopathy based on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Your treatment may include:
Though cervical radiculopathy often resolves on its own in time, if you fail to get improvement with conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary. Your orthopedist at Orthopedic Specialists can discuss your surgical options with you if needed.
To learn more about cervical radiculopathy diagnosis and treatment, call Orthopedic Specialists or book a consultation online today.