What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?

What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Millions of people suffer in silence with varying degrees of neck pain. Neck pain could result from a minor ache, twinge after exercise, or from lifting heavy objects. Many daily employment tasks can cause periodic neck pain as well; even a minor neck injury can worsen over time. Many older adults have neck problems that are the result of an injury, or minor pain, that they experienced when they were younger. Any neck pain has the potential of becoming serious because of the nerves and discs in the spinal area that could be involved.

A more specific issue with the spine that can happen over time is cervical radiculopathy, which is a compression or irritation of nerve roots in the cervical region. These are the nerves that travel to the arms, shoulders, and the hands. A cervical spine injury can cause symptoms in any of these areas. Cervical radiculopathy can occur as a result of a myriad of issues with the tissues and bones in the cervical spinal column. A common cause of this is a herniated disc which is a rupture in the vertebral disc’s fibrous outer wall. The soft nucleus of the disc will bulge outward and press against the nerve root.

For those in Plano, TX and surrounding DFW neighborhoods, who are suffering from the pain of cervical radiculopathy, Dr. Courtney is experienced in the treatment of this condition. Dr. Courtney at Advanced Spine Center can provide relieve from all types of spinal problems that result from injury or wear and tear on the spinal structure due to aging. When the vertebra slips and slides forward as it does with Cervical Radiculopathy, it distorts the shape of the spine. It compresses the nerves, and the ones that exit the openings on the side of the vertebra can be compressed as well. The result of this is agonizing pain, and other health care issues in the future.

Neck pain is often dismissed as nothing serious. It may be assumed that the pain is a result of too much physical stress, and it will subside with over-the-counter medications and/or topical creams and patches. If left untreated, what is a non-serious health problem could rapidly increase in intensity and cause more problems, including cervical radiculopathy. The specialist, Dr. Courtney, who helps manage cervical radiculopathy in Plano, TX will advise you of all the necessary steps to be taken to rectify this problem. He is an innovative provider, with modern, up-to-date treatments for this ailment. In the more severe cases, a surgical procedure could be required.

Having chronic neck pain due to spinal irregularities can disrupt the daily activities of people in every demographic group. Getting the care that is needed is essential to avoid further complications. Neck pain may be very common, and even normal with aging. Orthopedic specialists can help determine the exact cause of the pain, provide the treatment that will improve your quality of life, and ensure that you have a better health and well being.

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