Why is it called cervical radiculopathy?

C-SpineRadiculopathy. Radiculopathy refers to pain in the trajectory of a nerve root... Cervical pertains to the neck. There are 7 vertebrae and 8 nerve roots in the neck... Neck and arm pain usually stem from c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, or c6-7. Hope this helps!
Medical terms. Cervical means "neck". There are 7 cervical vertebrae followed by 12 thoracic, then 5 lumbar followed finally by sacral vertebrae. Radiculopathy refers to pain from involvement of a sensory nerve root and that follows a dermatome (the distribution of the involved nerve).
Nerve compression. It has that name because it describes a nerve root in the neck being pinched which causes pain to shoot down the arm (radiate in a radicular path).

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How beneficial is surgery for cervical radiculopathy?

75% improve. About 75% are improved on follow-up 2 years after surgery. Read more...
Highly. Surgery for a pinched nerve in the neck must be carefully decided, but if the nerve is causing increasing pain, progressive loss of strength, increased loss of sensation, or the process is enlarging or threatening spinal cord, surgery is clearly the way to reverse problems, or protect against further deterioration. Each case is different, helps to get additional opinions. Read more...

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...
Can be. 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. If you have severe pain and/or weakness you need to see your doctor soon. If you have no control of your bowel or bladder you need to go to the ER. Read more...

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...

What are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

See below. In cervical radiculopathy, the typical symptoms are neck pain and an electrical, burning or squeezing feeling down the arm into the hand on one side usually. There is tingling and a numb feeling also. Depending on what fingers are involved, we can make an educated guess about where the problem is without even seeing an mri. Not all pain that runs down the arm is from radiculopathy. Joint pain also. 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...

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...

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...
Cervical Radiculopat. Cervical radiculopathy is disturbance of nerve function that results if one of the nerve roots near the cervical spine is compressed. Damage to nerve roots can cause pain, loss of sensation or weakness in the upper extremities, depending on where the damaged roots are located. Symptoms occur as a result of pressure from ruptured disc, arthritis, tumors or injury. Read more...

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...