Cervical Radiculopathy: Definition

Neck pain

Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical description of pain and neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).

The most common cause is age-related changes in the cervical spine’s discs and joints that lead to nerve compression. Other causes can include cervical herniated disc, cervical spinal stenosis, and cervical degenerative disc disease.

Non-surgical treatment options like physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and cervical traction are often used. In cases where these treatments do not relieve symptoms, surgical options such as discectomy, laminectomy, or spinal fusion may be considered.