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Cervical Radiculopathy

Defined as compression of nerve roots in the cervical area (the first seven vertebrae of the spine), cervical radiculopathy typically causes pain and/or numbness in various regions of the upper body. The nerve roots may be compressed as the result of a herniated disc, bone spurs, or degenerating vertebrae. Degeneration of the vertebrae may stem from an injury, arthritis, or general aging.

Because several nerve roots are attached along the cervical area of the spinal column, the precise nature of symptoms for cervical radiculopathy depends upon which section of the spine is affected. For instance, if the nerve root between the C4 and C5 vertebrae is compressed or damaged, you will feel pain that radiates from the base of the neck to the upper arms and shoulders. Additionally, there is likely to be some numbness in the shoulder, accompanied by weakened bicep muscles.

Cervical Radiculopathy: Methods for Diagnosis and Treatment
Cervical radiculopathy is diagnosed by verifying compression or damage to the nerve root. MRIs and CT scans are commonly used to confirm diagnosis. If your cervical radiculopathy is persistent and unresponsive to physical therapy and other nonsurgical forms of treatment, you will be glad to know that surgical procedures are effective in providing relief.

The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery, located in Florida, is among the foremost treatment centers for those suffering from chronic back and neck conditions. With advanced arthroscopic surgery and patented instrumentation, only tiny incisions are required, complications and pain are minimized, recuperation time is greatly reduced, and surgery is conducted on an outpatient basis. For more information and a free MRI review, please see www.bonati.com.

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