What is Cervical Radiculopathy?
Cervical radiculopathy describes pain or tingling in the arms, hands or fingers that is the result of a condition that irritates a nerve in the spinal column — in particular in the neck (cervical) area.
what are the symptoms of radiculopathy?
Commonly those who have a compressed nerve in the neck area experience pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the arms.
what's the cause of radiculopathy?
Typically, radiculopathy occurs when the tissues surrounding the nerve roots, like bones of the spinal vertebrae, change or shift in size. When this happens, they may narrow the spaces where the nerve roots are traveling inside the spine or exiting the spine. It can be caused by gradual degeneration of the spine or as a result of a spinal injury.
Cervical herniated discs (discs in your neck area) are also a common cause of radiculopathy. As a disc slips or shifts from place, or becomes damaged and presses on nerves it causes the symptoms.
Other causes include bone spurs (areas of extra bone growth) due to inflammation from trauma, osteoarthritis, or other degenerative conditions such as cervical spinal stenosis.
Some less common causes are spinal infections and cancerous or noncancerous growths in the spine that can press against the nerve roots.
If you’re feeling arm or hand numbness, weakness in the arms or hands, or radiating arm pain, the cause may actually be in your neck — without causing neck pain! If you are in the Greater Houston-area, contact Dr. Fayaz’s office in The Woodlands for an evaluation and stop suffering!