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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at c5 c6 a serious condition? is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? please help

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Rarely is it serious: & yes pinched nerve causing pain into arm is cervical radiculopathy. 90% are treated non op & get better-10% require surgery with > 90% success rate. Rarely do disc herniations cause any significant neurologic or nerve injuries with only 20% of herniations leading to any neurologic findings on exam. See a neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine surgeon or physiatrist or pain management.
Dr. Robert Roschmann
Rheumatology 46 years experience
Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve" . This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD.

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