Arm pain from a damaged, inflamed, or pinched nerve
Cervical radiculopathy refers to nerve pain in the neck that runs down the shoulder, arm, forearm, or hand, causing pain, numbness, or weakness. If these symptoms reach the hand, they can reduce a person’s ability to grab and lift objects, write, type, or perform other daily functions.
Cervical Radiculopathy Causes
Potential causes of cervical radiculopathy include:
- Bone Spur
- Bulging Disc
- Fractured Vertebra
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Degeneration
- Spinal Infection
- Sports Injury
Typically, we are able to diagnose radiculopathy through research into a patient’s detailed medical history, along with a physical examination. Often, an MRI of the cervical spine is performed to determine what is causing the pain.
Cervical Radiculopathy & Pinched Nerve Treatment Options
At times, cervical radiculopathy will subside on its own. In other instances, it will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and/or muscle relaxants, but if these methods don’t alleviate pain, more extensive procedures may be required, such as:
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Intervertebral Spacer)
- Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement (PCM)
- Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
- Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
- Cervical Traction
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Physical Therapy
Don’t delay seeking help for arm pain, as it may become worse the longer you wait. Contact Chatham Orthopaedic Associates today to schedule an appointment and get yourself back on the road to recovery. For our patients’ convenience, we have clinic locations in Savannah, Rincon, Richmond Hill, and Pooler.
The multidisciplinary team at The Spine Institute at Chatham Orthopaedics provides solutions for the varied and complex clinical problems that are associated with the neck and back.