Cervical Radiculopathy (Nerve Root Compression)
Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms
Cervical Radiculopathy Diagnosis
Your spine doctor will consider your medical history and symptoms and give you a physical examination, during which the doctor will look for limitations of movement in the spine, problems with balance, and signs of pain, as well as any loss of extremity reflexes, muscle weakness, sensory loss, or abnormal reflexes that may suggest spinal cord involvement.
Cervical Radiculopathy Candidates
Nonsurgical treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy
Interventional treatments for cervical radiculopathy may include:
- Physical therapy and/or exercises for exercises to help relieve the pressure on the nerve root
- Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain and analgesics to relieve pain
- Epidural steroid injections and nerve root injections to help reduce swelling and treat acute pain that radiates to the hips or down the leg
Surgical treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy
If nonsurgical interventional treatment fails to relieve pain, surgical removal of the disc may be reasonable. The disc may be removed from the back of the neck (posterior approach) or from the front (anterior approach).
Some of the surgical procedures used to treat cervical radiculopathy at Emory are: