When it comes to body pains, you cannot just “walk it off” especially if your doctor tells you that you have Cervical Radiculopathy. This type of condition occurs when the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae is compressed. This in turn causes pain and most of the time loss of sensation along the pathway of the nerves extending to the arm, hand and then fingers. This condition certainly cannot be shaken off with just a couple of pain killers. It might do the trick for quite some time but we all know that pain killers do not address the root of the problem.
To further understand the condition, read on.
The most common causes include:
Age is also a factor that can cause CR. In young people, this tends to happen because of ruptured discs as a result of an injury or a trauma. In middle age people though this can be cause by degeneration of the bones which causes discs to put pressure on the nerve roots.
The usual pain that one feels from Cervical Radiculopathy is on the arm, the neck, chest, upper back and shoulders. This is accompanied with numbness or weakness in the fingers and hands. Other symptoms include lack of hand eye coordination. The pathway of the nerves are affected which means, in addition to the pain felt, it causes loss of sensation in the hands and arms as well.
There are 4 Types of Radiculopathy:
Through an examination, a doctor will be able to determine what type of CR you have. Most common type is a C7 radiculopathy.
The usual first treatment that a doctor will advice you is immobilization. This will alleviate some of the pain for a short period of time. The goal is also to eliminate inflammation so that it can be properly treated. To help alleviate pain here are some tips that will help:
To better understand your pain, consult a doctor. There are certain conditions which need to be diagnosed as early as possible to prevent further complications.
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