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Should I do neck exercises & physio during acute phase of cervical radiculopathy or just wear collar & how long should I wear it?

Should I do neck exercises & physio during acute phase of cervical radiculopathy or just wear collar & how long should I wear it?

Depends: there is a lot to this question. First of all, I would make sure that you see a neurologist for a complete evaluation before exercising. You may need an MRI of the neck as well. Once that is done you can move forward with gentle traction, limited exercise. I would wear a c collar until you are evaluated. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
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Radiculopathy (Definition)

Also called “pinched nerve root,” this occurs when a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed, or damaged, causing symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness. Often, nerve roots are affected in the neck or in the lower back. This leads to symptoms that affect certain regions of ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy bad?

Are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy bad?

Yes: Radiating pain in arm, weakness of the arm, sensory changes--can be disabling in the very acute phase--this is why so many require and prefer surgery--untreated lead to muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

Symptoms and eval: Cervical radiculopathy is manifest by numbness, tingling, potentially weakness, along a specific neural pathway, in the presence of central or foramenal stenosis of the spine, and most often associated with neck symptoms and mechanical patterns of neck movements causing pain or nerve symptoms down the arm. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy: Depending on the level, patients have neck- and/or arm pain and possibly tingling, numbness and sometimes weakness too in the biceps, triceps and the muscles around the wrist and hands. A good examination with strength testing and provocative testing usually gives clues, but an MRI scan is best to determine the source of the problem... Good luck! ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

What sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

Pinched nerve: Radiculopathy comes from a greek word meaning "root." in this case, the root is the start of the nerve coming off the spinal cord. There are many nerves coming off the spinal cord to go down the arms and legs to allow us to move and feel things. These nerves can be pinched in or around the spine by things like herniated disks and bone spurs from aging, or injury such as stretching the nerve. ...Read more

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What is meant by diagnosis cervical radiculopathy?

See below: A cervical radiculopathy means that there is some process that is affecting one or more of the nerve roots in the neck. These nerves run from the spinal cord and make up the nerves to the arms. It can involve weakness and sensory changes in the arm such as pain, numbness and tingling or it can be pain only. When it is pain only we usually call it a radiculitis. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

I need help! How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

Pain from neck-> arm: Cervical radiculopathy is usually pain with numbness, weakness, and tingling from your neck which radiates (shoots) down your arm(s). The causes are usually from a cervical herniated disc, cervical spinal stenosis, cervical degenerative disc disease, or much rarer conditions like tumor, fracture, or sarcoidosis which can compress or cause damage to cervical nerve roots. You can try ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical radiculopathy?

What is the definition or description of: cervical radiculopathy?

Nerve compression: Radiculopathy refers to a problem with nerves at the root level, where they exit the spinal cord. Typically, a ruptured disc may compress the nerve, but problems can occur with degenerative spondylosis and the foramenal narrowing can also compress. Pain, numbness, weakness, and atrophy of muscle may all be signs. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more