Cervical Radiculopathy

Friday, July 01, 2016

Cervical radiculopathy is a disease of the root of a nerve, such as from a pinched nerve or a tumor. It can cause pain and weakness not only in the neck but in other areas of the body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cervical radiculopathy is caused by a pinched nerve in your neck. It can cause symptoms in your shoulder, arm or hand. Sometimes the symptoms happen in both arms.

The most common cause is wear and tear to the bones of your neck. This happens over many years, and it is more common in older persons. It can also be caused by a sudden movement or injury.

Symptoms of this condition include:

Pain

Numbness

Weakness, and

A pins and needles feeling in your extremities

Most people with this problem will get back to normal in four to six weeks. Your doctor may want you to rest, take medicine, do exercises at home, or get physical therapy or a massage during this time.

If your condition doesnt improve within four to six weeks, your health care provider might want you to get an X-ray, MRI or nerve test.

It is important to tell your doctor if you notice problems with strength or feelings in other parts of your body.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.