Cervical Radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root in the lumbar spine is compressed or irritated. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms, and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness or tingling in these areas in addition to the neck.
Causes of this compression include Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated/Bulging Discs, and Spinal Stenosis.
Treatment options for cervical radiculopathy generally depend on the severity and duration of symptoms. Conservative management includes pain-relieving medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and cervical epidural steroid injections.