You have eight pairs of nerves exiting your spinal cord in your neck. Cervical radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve, is a condition that happens when one of these nerves becomes pinched and irritated. At Integrated Pain Solutions, our Columbus pain management team can help you figure out why your condition developed and what can be done about it.
A pinched nerve in the cervical spine is usually caused by a herniated disc or bulging disc that compresses the nerve root. The condition can occur due to trauma (like a car accident, fall, or sports injury), or it can develop more chronically due to degenerative changes. Bony changes to the surrounding joints (including osteoarthritis or stenosis) can also lead to cervical radiculopathy.
Risk factors for cervical radiculopathy include poor posture, heavy lifting and repetitive overhead movement, neck trauma, and the operation of a jackhammer/vibrating equipment. Men seem to be more commonly affected by this condition, but it can occur in men and women of all ages.
A pinched nerve doesn’t always cause neck pain. Symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck may include:
The treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck depends on individual factors, including the patient’s lifestyle, overall health, and specific risk factors. During our diagnostic process, we’ll determine what’s causing your cervical radiculopathy and give you the guidance you need to be an informed participant in your treatment plan.
Typically, the goal of treatment is to alleviate pressure on the pinched nerve, heal the bulging or herniated disc, relieve inflammation restore strength and mobility, and prevent the issue from recurring. To do this, we may use a variety of treatments.
If you’re experiencing neck stiffness or pain, or weakness and impairment in one or both arms or hands, we may be able to help you. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.