What is Cervical Radiculopathy? How does it cause pains, numbness and weakness?

By avn
12:02 pm Posted November 4, 2015
In Back Pain

One of the most sensitive areas of the human body is the neck. Wrong posture while sleeping can often lead to a blinding pain in the neck, which can cause distress the whole day. Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition whereby pain, weakness, numbness and tingling sensation if felt in the neck region, followed by increased discomfort in turning and movement of the neck.

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

The spine in the neck, commonly known as cervical spine, consists of 7 vertebrae. And each vertebra is sandwiched between gelatinous discs. This structure enables support of the skull and movement of head and neck. The vertebrae are labelled starting from C1 to C7. Foramina is a region of opening between each vertebra. It is through this region that the nerve roots exiting from the spinal cord pass through and branch out to deliver control of movement and sensation through the shoulders, fingers, hands and arms.

Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Degenerated discs: Often the gelatinous discs become thin, causing friction between the vertebrae which leads to pressure on the nerves in the surrounding regions. Often when the thinning exceeds, vertebrae tends to collapse.
  • Cervical Herniated discs: Nerve roots are compressed and irritated if the material inside the disc leaks out.
  • Cervical spinal stenosis: It is a condition whereby straining of the facet joints present in the posterior side of the neck lead to compression of the nerves passing through the formina.

Symptoms Of Cervical Radiculopathy

Based on the symptoms, the disease is diagnosed. Primarily, the nerve that is being affected is the main source of detection.

  • If the symptoms are evident in the areas of wrist, index finger, thumb and biceps then the affected nerve root is of the C6 level.
  • If the symptoms are evident in the areas of the middle finger, the base of the neck and the triceps then the affected nerve root is of C7 level.
  • If the symptoms include difficulty in holding things with the hands and fingers and affected area includes 4th and 5th fingers of the hand then the affected nerve root is of C8 level.

ayurveda treatment for cervical Radiculopathy

  • Abhyanga: Medicated warm oil is massaged onto the body using many techniques and then a bath is taken.
  • Basti: This is a medicated therapy whereby through the rectum medicated oil is introduced into the colon. For conditions arising from the abdominal region, this therapy method is most effective.
  • Kati Basti: In this method of therapy, warm medicated oil is poured for 20 minutes which penetrates to provide nourishment to the tendons and ligaments. This leads to releasing of tight, stiff and inflamed muscles.
  • Swedan: It is a type of steam bath therapy which helps in releasing toxins present in the body by opening the tissues. This therapeutic method plays a vital role in healing of the neck and also reduces inflammation of the muscles and increases blood circulation in the neck region.

Apart from these therapies the patient has to follow strict regime in terms of diet and exercise.

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