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Cervical Radiculopathy Exercises
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends.....: It depends upon the severity and type of intervention......... ...Read more
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
YES: Avoid jaring the head or neck. Exercise should be smooth and slow. ...Read more
Are there physical activities one would be restricted from doing if diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy?
I have a question about cervical radiculopathy I know that isn't spelled right. Sorry! How does one wlwviate the symptoms and what can be done for it.?
Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the underlying cause. The progressively more involved options include: time to see if it will get better, rest, non invasive things such as therapy, chiropractic, and traction; interventional pain management including epidural steroid injections, and finally surgical considerations. Don't hesitate to be seen to discuss the specifics of your case. ...Read more
95% of patients with cervical radiculopathy- symptoms of pain or numbness/tingling in a nerve distribution of an arm and/or hand- improve with physical therapy. See your family dr. For evaluation and referral.
In your area is dr. Rob galler, a neurosurgeon who is an excellent dr. To see for your problem. He is at stonybrook. ...Read more
Massages: Both of these modalities can be helpful for temporary relief only ...Read more
What type of Doctor is best suited to diagnose and treat Cervical Radiculopathy in a 30 Year old Healthy Male?
Different ones...: An Orthopedist that treats the spine, Neurosurgeon for surgical cases; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist and Neurologist for those that do not require surgical management. ...Read more
Neck pain: Neck pain that radiates to the arm or causes numbness in the arm can be caused by radiculopathy (pinched nerve). Best treatment is moist heat to the area, stretching of neck to relieve spasm, and Advil/alive, etc. If these don't help, see a doctor. You may need physical therapy or muscle relaxers. Bed rest does NOT help. Good luck! ...Read more
I have cervical radiculopathy causing pain in my arm...is it OK to ftequently ice my arm? It seems to numb the pain.
Ice & nerve pain.: It IS safe to apply ice to the painful area during the acute phase. ...Read more
Could be!: Cervical neuropathy which is compression of a nerve root in the neck as it exits from the spinal cord through the neural foramen of the spine in the neck, usually from an arthritic spur or herniated disk, often causes paresthesia (tingling) and anesthesia (numbness) as well as, potentially, pain that can, depending on which is involved, go down the shoulder, neck, chest, back, and/or arm. ...Read more