Cervical Radiculopathy / Myelopathy


What is cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy (ra-dick-you-lop"™-a-thee) is the result of injury to or compression of the root of a nerve in the neck which can result in pain at the end of the nerve where sensation is felt.  On the other hand, cervical myelopathy (my-lop"™-a-thee) affects the spinal cord in the neck rather than the nerve root. 

What causes cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy?

There can be many causes of cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy which include degenerative changes in the neck, congenital narrowing of the spinal canal, herniated discs, tumor, trauma, or can be a combination of the any of the above.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy may include pain, numbness, or weakness in the shoulder, arm, wrist or hand.  Cervical myelopathy can result in weakness, problems manipulating small objects, and difficulty with normal gait.

How is cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy diagnosed?

In addition to a complete history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for cervical radiculopathy/myelopathy may include the following:

Treatment

Specific treatment for sciatica will be determined by your physician based on:

To help relieve the symptoms, treatment may include:

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