Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Published on July 12, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

When a nerve in the cervical spine (neck) is irritated or damaged and causes pain and/or neurological symptoms, doctors call this condition - cervical radiculopathy.  The nerves in the spine exit the spinal column through holes in the bones of the spine (vertebrae) from the right and left sides.  The nerves exiting the spinal canal (nerve roots) are numbered from 1 to 8, based on the same vertebra numbering, which starts at 1 underneath the skull.  Radiculopathy can cause different pain, tingling, and numbness along the shoulder, arm, and/or hand depending on which nerve root is damaged.

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