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Cervical Radiculopathy - An Overview

Cervical radiculopathy is the condition caused by the compression of cervical vertebrae. Cervical radiculopathy occurs due to the damage or disturbance of the nerve function in the nerve roots.

Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is caused due to damage of nerve roots. Degenerative changes in bones, ruptured disc, arthritis and several other injuries that cause pressure on nerve roots leads to cervical radiculopathy.

Cervical radiculopathy iscaused due to degenerative changes in the disc, in middle-aged people.The cause of cervical radiculopathy in young people is majorly due to ruptured disc. This disc further gets compressed or inflamed resulting in pain.

Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy

The symptoms of cervical radiculopathyare as follows:

  • Pain in shoulder, arm, neck, upper backand chest
  • Weakness, numbness and tingling sensation in hands and fingers
  • Lack of co-ordination, mostly in hands

Diagnosis of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy can be diagnosed with the help of radiography findings. The other tests that are used to determine cervical radiculopathy are electromyography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography myelography (CTM), asit helps in evaluation of disc ruptures and compressions.

Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy can be treated with the combination of medications and physical therapies.

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids and non-steroidal drugs are mostly used for the treatment of cervical radiculopathy. The doctor may prescribe these medications to consume orally or by injection.

Physical therapies such as mobilization, exercise, and cervical traction are suggested by the doctor as it helps to reduce pain. In severe cases, surgery may also be suggested to relieve pressure from the nerves.

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