Page ContentCervical RadiculopathyOffering the latest in innovative, minimally invasive spine procedures and orthopedic care in Houston and surrounding areas, our Spine Center team provides help to patients with cervical radiculopathy.Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical term for pain or neurological issues caused by anything that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine of the neck. Because the nerves in this area send signals to the muscles in the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers, any irritation to the nerves can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in these extremities. Conditions that may cause nerve irritation resulting in cervical radiculopathy include:Cervical herniated discCervical spinal stenosisCervical degenerative disc disease Signs & SymptomsSymptoms may come on suddenly or develop over time, and the type of pain or discomfort varies from slight tingling feelings to severe burning pain. Common symptoms of cervical radiculopathy are:Pain that may be dull, sharp, piercing, or burning in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and/or fingersTingling in hands and/or fingersNumbness in hands and/or fingersWeakness in the affected musclesIncreased pain when moving or rotating the neck Diagnosis & TreatmentThe spine specialists at the Kelsey-Seybold Spine Center will begin with a physical exam, feeling for any abnormalities or tenderness in the neck and checking the neck's range of motion. We will also likely conduct a Spurling's test to see if compressing the cervical spine causes cervical radiculopathy symptoms to appear or become more severe. This test won't be performed if you're already showing signs of cervical myelopathy, or compression of the spinal cord.If you aren't yet experiencing neurological symptoms, such as numbness and weakness in your hands and fingers, nonsurgical treatments will likely be effective in controlling or alleviating your pain. The treatments that we may recommend include:Activity changes (limiting strenuous activities, using better posture, etc.)Physical therapyIce and/or heat therapyPain medications (anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, muscle relaxants)Steroid injectionsChiropractic careMassageIf nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful because neurological symptoms and myelopathy are already present, our spine specialists may recommend one of these surgical methods:Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, which removes any disc causing the nerve compression and fuses the cervical spine vertebrae togetherArtificial disc replacement, which replaces the disc compressing the nerveNeck pain could signal nerve irritation in the cervical spine. It's important to see a spine specialist if the pain lasts more than a few weeks to avoid cervical radiculopathy developing into neurological symptoms. At the Kelsey-Seybold Spine Center, we will diagnose the source of your neck pain and create a nonsurgical treatment plan to help alleviate your pain before the condition progresses. Make an appointment today.