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Cervical Radiculopathy

The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas

Orthopedic Surgeon location in Pearland & Lake Jackson, TX

Cervical radiculopathy can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers. If you’re ready to resolve your symptoms today, visit Dr. Thomas Jones II at The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas. The practice helps patients in Pearland, Houston, and Lake Jackson, Texas, recover from neck and back conditions through comprehensive, compassionate care. Click to book a consultation or call to schedule today.

Cervical Radiculopathy Q & A

What causes cervical radiculopathy?

The neck, spinal cord, and associated nerves are complex and interconnected. An abnormality in one area often results in symptoms that affect other areas. This is the case with cervical radiculopathy, a condition that’s also referred to as a pinched nerve. It happens when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated, which causes pain and tingling in the arm or hand.

Typically, radiculopathy occurs when the spinal vertebrae bones that surround nerve roots shift position or change in size. When this happens, it causes a narrowing of the spaces through which nerve roots travel and exit the spine.

There are several reasons why cervical radiculopathy can develop, including:

  • Gradual spinal degeneration
  • Injury
  • Herniated disc in the neck
  • Bone spur
  • Spinal infection
  • Cancerous or non-cancerous growths in the spine

What are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

The pain associated with cervical radiculopathy often originates in the neck but may travel down the shoulder and into the arm, hand, or fingers. You might also feel tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in your arm, muscle weakness, or a loss of sensation.

Certain movements, like turning your neck, lifting something heavy, or performing specific exercises, can make your symptoms worse.

What is the treatment for cervical radiculopathy?

Dr. Jones is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of cervical radiculopathy, and he can devise a treatment plan to address the root cause of your symptoms. He may start with an X-ray to determine the extent of tissue or spinal damage.

Your treatment plan is unique to your needs, but may include:

  • A soft cervical collar
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Minimally invasive decompression

There are circumstances where you might need surgery. If so, Dr. Jones can explain your options and help you navigate the process of preparing for an operation.

With rest, the right therapies, and the care of a spine specialist, you can heal from cervical radiculopathy, regain normal range of motion, and live a pain-free life.

To learn more about treatment for cervical radiculopathy, contact The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas today. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online to get started on a customized treatment plan.