One of the most commonly known neck problems is Cervical Radiculopathy. Though the condition is quite largely known, the awareness of how it can be treated in the initial stage is scarce.

Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical depiction of discomfort and neurological indications ensuing so much as an irritation of a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).Cervical Radiculopathy is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve in the neck. It is described by ascorching pain shooting all the way from the neck to the shoulder, shoulder blade, arm, or hand. As the pain gets acute, it may lead to weakness and nonexistence of coordination in the arm and hand can also arise. This condition, which grossly affects an average of 85 out of 100,000 people, is most often found among individuals in their 50s. People who put in a lot of hard work and usage of excess machinery are usually affected by this the most. Individuals who sit for long phases of time, or beings with arthritis in the cervical (neck) region can also be affected.

Traditional and conventional method of healing is advisable at the initial stages for strengthening of the muscles around the neck, shoulder and arms regions.The most sought after and proven treatment methods include physical therapy. This can help relief from pain and reduce long term damage to the Spine. Most cases of cervical radiculopathy are resolved with conservative treatment which includes medication and physical therapy and do not require surgery.

Causes Of Cervical Radiculopathy

Any illness that harms or somehow aggravates the cervical nerve can be the source for cervical radiculopathy. The most common causes comprise of:

  • Cervical Herniated Disc.
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis.
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease.

Uncommonly and infrequently, cervical radiculopathy can also be caused by other conditions, such as a tumor, fracture or sarcoidosis, which can compress or cause impairment to the cervical nerve roots.
Commonly, there are five types of Cervical Radiculopathy:

  1. C5 radiculopathy
  2. C6 radiculopathy
  3. C7 radiculopathy
  4. C8 radiculopathy

Some of the easy and common exercises that can bedone at home to help combat Cervical Radiculopathy are:
Rotation exercises:
Primarily, patients start off with these exercises in order to decrease pain. It must be remembered that gentle exercise can reduce pain, especially in the initial stages.
Head tilts:
Face straight ahead, in the most erect manner you possibly can and make sure that your whole body is absolutely straight. Then tilt your head to your farthest right and left respectively.
Strengthening neck muscles:
This can be started off by doing some light isometric exercises. Though this problem has been found to have very successful results of lessening or even disappearing slowly after the proper and right exercises which can be done at home, it is always advisable to consult a doctor when the pain is consistent or unbearable.




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