Radiculopathy is a pain management condition that is the source of chronic pain for thousands of patients. This painful condition occurs when a nerve roots (the portion of the nerve that connects to the spinal cord) is injured or pinched, pain weakness, numbness, or tingling may be felt in the part of the body served by that nerve.
When a cervical nerve root is injured, pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling may be felt in the neck, shoulder, and throughout the arm.
Causes of Radiculopathy
When a spinal disc ruptures, it may press on a nerve root.
The bones creating the spinal canal may grow inward, pinching a nerve root.
Degenerative Disc Disease
If a spinal disc weakens, vertebral bones above and below may touch, pinching nearby nerve roots. Bony spurs also may press on the nerves.