Cervical radiculopathy, also called a “pinched nerve,” is a condition wherein a nerve root is compressed at the point where it exits the spinal canal. The nerves in the cervical spine communicate with your muscles, providing motor signals to enable sensations and movements in your hands and arms. When these nerves are pinched, compressed, or irritated, they cause immense pain and muscle weakness in the regions connected to the nerves.
About Cervical Radiculopathy
- Pain in the arms, neck, chest, back, shoulders, or other parts of the body.
- The pain usually only affects one side of the body.
- Functional impairment, such as the inability to lift your arms or carry objects.
- Numbing and tingling sensations in your hands and fingers.
- Muscle weakness.
- Lack of coordination between your hands and legs.
- Aching sensations above the neck (occipital headaches).
- Degenerative Disc Disease: A condition that causes the formation of bone spurs within the foramen, i.e., the gap between the vertebrae where the nerve roots leave the cervical spine.
- Herniated Disc: A herniated disc may release a fluid that irritates the nerves or exert pressure on the nerves, leading to cervical radiculopathy.
- Injuries: Injuries and trauma can lead to a herniated or ruptured disc, leading to pressure on the nerve roots.
- Medical history of radiculopathy
- Heavy lifting
- Frequently diving into pools
- Frequently driving vibrating machinery
- Playing golf