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Neck Conditions

Cervical Radiculopathy Condition

Cervical radiculopathy treatment can include osteopathic manipulation and other therapies to reduce nerve root inflammation, helping to alleviate pain, lost mobility, and other related symptoms.

Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment in New York City

Osteopathic care for cervical radiculopathy includes manual manipulation and other therapies that can minimize nerve root inflammation, reduce pain, and improve range of motion and function.

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

Neck Conditions

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

Neck Conditions

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition in which nerve roots around the cervical vertebrae are compressed. Within the cervical spine, there are eight pairs of nerve roots. They all branch out and exit the spinal cord, eventually extending to the muscles that manage shoulder, arm, hand, and finger function. Unfortunately, that natural function can be disrupted when herniated discs, bone spurs, infection, or other factors damage or inflame the nerve roots.

The condition is relatively rare, and often self-corrects over time. Most patients with mild compression can recover with rest and minimal activity, physical therapy, or ice/heat applications. However, more severe cases involving pain, weakness, and numbness should be addressed as early as possible. Prolonged numbness and weakness can sometimes lead to permanent paralysis if they are not treated in a timely manner.

What Causes this Condition?

There are two main causes for this condition: degenerative changes in the bones that can compress the nerve roots, and injuries like a herniated disc. Degenerative changes can occur naturally over time as discs age and lose water content – making them less flexible and shorter in height. To accommodate those changes, the vertebrae can move closer to one another, and bone spurs can form to reinforce the weakened discs. These bone spurs can ultimately press against the nerve roots, pinching them in the process.

Herniated discs are more common in younger people, and can occur as a result of heavy lifting, sudden movements, or physical injuries. When a herniation occurs, the gel-like center of a disc can burst through the harder exterior, pressing toward the spinal canal and compressing the nerve root.

What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy?

The condition’s symptoms include many that are present in other spine-related syndromes. For example:

  • Pain that originates in the neck region but may extend down one or both arms. Most patients describe the pain as either sharp or burning.
  • Increased pain sensation when turning the head or extending the neck.
  • Tingling sensations in the hand or fingers.
  • Numbness in the arms, hands, or fingers.
  • General weakness throughout the neck, shoulders, arm, or hands.

These symptoms commonly occur on just one side of a patient’s body. However, they may also be present on both sides of the body. In either instance, pain, numbness, and tingling sensations that extend to the arms and hands can become debilitating over time, preventing normal function and inhibiting even common lifestyle activities.

How We Can Help

Dr. Tafler has the experience and expertise required to help you reduce pain, improve function, and regain lost quality of life. Using safe, non-invasive osteopathic therapeutic techniques, Dr. Tafler and his team can help you to enjoy a more pain-free life.

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If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, contact us today. We will schedule an appointment for an examination and diagnosis, and work with you to create an osteopathic treatment plan designed to address your unique health needs and get you on the path to recovery.

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