Pain Management

Cervical Radicular Pain

There are many reasons for neck and arm pain, including a herniated disc in your neck (cervical spine). The material from the disc may irritate the nerve that leads to your arm and causes pain. You also may experience areas of numbness in your hand and fingers or clumsiness.

How does Cervical Radicular Pain Feel?

The pain often feels like an electric-like or throbbing sensation that shoots down your arm and hand. This pain may worsen when you cough or sneeze. In addition, it is important to be aware of signs of a problem involving your cervical spine (e.g., loss of the ability to control your bowel or bladder or difficulty with balance) that may require surgical evaluation.

How is Cervical Radicular Pain Treated?

There are many options that the specialists at the Emory Pain Center offer for the treatment of neck and arm pain. The most important first step is a diagnosis of the pain generator (where the pain is coming from). In addition to a thorough physical exam, we perform a full evaluation of your imaging (e.g., X-rays or MRI) and other testing to help us determine the precise origin of your pain. We use targeted diagnostic nerve blocks to identify and treat the pain at its source. If you need surgery, we will refer you to a spine surgeon. Our specialists also work closely with physical therapists to maximize your relief and provide comprehensive treatment