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Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as a pinched nerve, occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. This condition often leads to pain and neurological symptoms in the areas served by the affected nerve.

How It Develops

Cervical radiculopathy can develop due to several factors, including:

  • Herniated Discs: When the cushioning discs between the vertebrae rupture or bulge, they can press on a nearby nerve.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Age-related wear and tear can lead to bone spurs and thickened ligaments, compressing the nerve roots.
  • Injuries: Trauma or sudden movements can cause damage to the spine and surrounding tissues, leading to nerve compression.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal can exert pressure on the nerve roots.

Who It Affects

Cervical radiculopathy primarily affects middle-aged and older adults, as degenerative changes in the spine are a common cause. However, it can also occur in younger individuals due to acute injuries or repetitive stress from physical activities.

Common Symptoms of Arthritic Back Pain

  • Neck Pain: Pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulder, arm, or hand.
  • Numbness and Tingling: Sensations of numbness or tingling in the arm or hand.
  • Muscle Weakness: Weakness in the muscles of the arm or hand.
  • Loss of Reflexes: Decreased reflexes in the affected arm.
  • Headaches: Occasional headaches, especially at the base of the skull.

Impact on Daily Life

Cervical radiculopathy can significantly affect daily activities. The pain and neurological symptoms can make it challenging to perform tasks that involve the neck and arms. Activities like driving, lifting objects, and even typing can become difficult and painful.

Risks of Untreated Cervical Radiculopathy

If left untreated, cervical radiculopathy can lead to chronic pain and permanent nerve damage. Prolonged nerve compression can cause muscle atrophy, severe weakness, and significant loss of function in the affected limb. Early intervention is crucial to prevent these complications and improve outcomes.

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