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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
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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.
Answered on Jun 18, 2018
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