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Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy refers to damage or irritation of nerve roots that exit the cervical spine. This is commonly referred to as a ‘pinched nerve’. At each vertebral level in the neck, a nerve exits the spinal cord and travels in a specific path to the skin and muscles of the arms. In the neck, nerves go to different areas in the body, from the shoulders into each finger. Generally, these patterns are the same for all people although there can be slight variation. We refer to this specific map of nerves as dermatomal patterns.

Nerves are responsible for three main functions: pain, sensation and strength. Pain is usually the first sign of nerve irritation and may be felt many different ways such as a deep, dull, and achy pain or a sharp, shooting pain along the path of the nerve affected. Sensation changes tend to occur first as pins and needles or tingling and can progress to numbness. Strength changes may be subtle in certain muscle groups or be quite noticeable. Because the nerves are responsible for these functions, compression (or ‘pinching’) of a nerve may result in pain, sensation changes, or weakness at different part of your upper arms.

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