Cervical Radiculopathy - Cervical Nerve Compression
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Although the cause of cervical radiculopathy is at the spine, symptoms may occur at locations where the nerves travel, such as the shoulders, arms, and hands. You may experience pain, numbness, or weakness in these areas. You may have neck pain. Headaches may occur at the back of your head. In advanced cases, muscle wasting and symptoms in the legs may occur.
Am I at Risk
There are several factors which may increase the risk of cervical radiculopathy, including:
_____ People that are middle aged and older may experience age-related changes in the spine that increase the risk of cervical radiculopathy.
_____ Osteophytes or bone spurs increase the risk of cervical radiculopathy.
_____ “Wear and tear” or trauma may affect spinal structures and increase the risk of cervical radiculopathy.
_____ People with herniated cervical disc, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease are at risk for developing cervical radiculopathy.
It is important to receive prompt attention for cervical radiculopathy. Untreated conditions may progress and cause further injury. Advanced cervical radiculopathy can cause muscle wasting, and the symptoms may spread to the legs.
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