Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

Cervical radiculopathy is more commonly known as a pinched nerve. It occurs when there is a compressed, irritated nerve in the neck that branches away from the spinal cord, where it belongs. This can cause intense pain that radiates to the shoulder, as well as muscle weakness and numbness in the upper extremities. Most people who experience pinched nerves are older adults who sustain “wear and tear” changes as they age, including arthritis. Younger adults may also sustain a pinched nerve, too, though, most often caused by a sudden, acute injury that causes a herniated disk.

Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of a Pinched Nerve.

Individuals may experience symptoms differently.

  • Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Pain that is dull, throbbing or sharp

Treatments

The following are some available treatments of a Pinched Nerve.

Please consult with your Hoag physician for a tailored care plan that best suits your situation.

  • Lifestyle Changes 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery