Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy is a compression or an irritation of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. If you are experiencing pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in your neck, arm, or hand, you may have cervical radiculopathy, more commonly known as a pinched nerve. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical Radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the cervical spinal column. Nerve root injury in the cervical spine most commonly involves one of the three lowest levels of cervical vertebrae, which are called C5, C6 and C7. Symptoms may include pain, weakness, numbness and tingling, and may vary depending on the level of the injury. For example, an injury at the C5 level may cause pain and weakness in the shoulder and upper arm. An injury at the next vertebral level (the C6 vertebrae) may cause pain in the shoulder and the arm, and it may also cause weakness in the arm. And finally, an injury at the lowest level (the C7 vertebrae) may cause pain from the neck all the way down to the hand, along with weakness in the arm and hand.


  • Soft cervical collar

  • Physical therapy

  • Medications

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Steroid injection

  • Narcotics

  • Surgical Treatment


  • OrthoInfo. Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve). (https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/cervical-radiculopathy-pinched-nerve/#:~:text=Cervical%20radiculopathy%2C%20commonly%20called%20a,as%20muscle%20weakness%20and%20numbness.) Accessed 12/26/2022.

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