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Cervical Radiculitis

Cervical radiculitis is characterized by the compression of nerve roots in the upper part of the spine. The "cervical" spine consists of the first seven vertebrae, starting from the bottom of the skull. Radiculitis occurs when the spinal disc presses against the nerves that connect to the spinal cord.

Because the spinal nerves branch out to other areas of the body, the symptoms of cervical radiculitis can be felt in other places besides the location of the affected disc and nerve root. Depending on which disc is affected, you may feel pain in the arms, chest, neck, or shoulders. Other symptoms can include numb fingers and weak muscles in the arms and chest.

Cervical Radiculitis: Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Cervical radiculitis can be effectively diagnosed using MRI equipment, which can identify the location of nerve root compression. CT scans and electrodiagnostic tests can also be useful. With proper treatment, the prognosis for cervical radiculitis is generally good. Mild cases may respond to physical therapy or medications such as NSAIDs or steroids.

Cases of cervical radiculitis that fail to respond to conservative treatment methods can be effectively treated with surgery to relieve the compression of the nerve root. At the Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery, operations are done on an outpatient basis and have a 90+ percent immediate success rate, as compared to the roughly 50 percent success rate for open back surgery. For further information, to request a complimentary MRI review or receive a free information kit, please visit www.bonati.com.

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