When the nerves in the neck or cervical spine are impacted from pressure or inflammation, the result is what is referred to as cervical radiculopathy. This condition refers to the symptoms of neurological pain or discomfort due to these nerves in the neck having pressure applied to them, not the actual cause of the nerve pressure. Cervical radiculopathy can be caused by a few different cervical spine issues that can be resolved by the experts at Atlanta Spine with proper treatment.
Symptoms and Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy
Any cervical spine condition that affects the nerves surrounding the neck vertebrae can lead to cervical radiculopathy. Inflammation, tissue pressure or disc fluid can all be the main cause of this pain that radiates from the cervical spine nerves. The exact symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. It can be in the upper extremities such as the neck, shoulder, arms, hands and jaw, or it may affect the pelvic and legs. Some of the common conditions that can cause cervical radiculopathy include:
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis – A condition in the cervical spine where the spinal joints can affect the spinal canal and nerves due to a narrowing of the cervical spinal column.
- Cervical Herniated Disc – When a cervical disc is compressed and ruptures, leaking disc fluid into the spinal canal.
- Degenerative Cervical Disc – Degenerative conditions in the cervical discs can cause pinched or pressured nerves.
To determine the cause and treatment for cervical radiculopathy, Dr. Bhatti at Atlanta Spine will complete a comprehensive exam and diagnosis. In many cases, a non-surgical treatment may be recommended, including physical therapy, medications and injections. However, if the condition is more severe, minimally invasive surgery or other surgical options may be the best course of treatment to correct the problem.
No one wants to live with nerve pain that can negatively affect their quality of life. If you are experiencing nerve pain due to cervical radiculopathy, contact us today to make an appointment with Dr. Bhatti at Atlanta Spine.