Cervical Radiculopathy & Radiating Pain Treatment
Cervical radiculopathy happens when the nerve roots in the upper (cervical) portion of the spine are pinched or irritated. These nerve roots branch out from the neck to the shoulders, arms, and hands, meaning that any issues with the roots themselves can cause symptoms that radiate to these areas. Travelling pain, numbness, or weakness can be difficult to diagnose and tough to treat, but when patients have caring and experienced physicians who specialize in pain working closely with them, the process becomes that much easier. At Pain Care, we know the importance of this doctor-patient relationship. We proudly offer our medical expertise and technological capabilities to patients throughout the Metro Atlanta, GA, area, so we can effectively diagnose chronic pain conditions, help manage symptoms, and potentially treat their underlying causes.
Cervical radiculopathy can be caused by any number of underlying spinal conditions that lead to a pinched nerve, including herniated discs, a narrowing spinal canal, or the growth of bone spurs as a result of osteoarthritis. Pain Care’s physicians work diligently to understand each patient’s situation as well as their treatment goals. We take every step to manage cervical radiculopathy symptoms through a combination of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments – an effort that can often help our patients avoid or delay the need for major spine surgery and the often long recovery period associated with it.
Some of the approaches that often we recommend to our Atlanta area patients with cervical radiculopathy include:
- Using hot/cold therapy to ease pain and inflammation at the site
- Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications to control pain and swelling
- Stretching and using physical therapy to improve the flexibility and strength of the spine and surrounding muscles
- Receiving epidural steroid injections to block pain sensations
- Having minimally invasive decompressor discectomy surgery to remove a portion of a herniated disc that is placing pressure on the affected nerve
For more information about the cervical radiculopathy treatment options that we offer, contact Pain Care by phone or our convenient online form today. In most cases, we can schedule an appointment for you within 48 hours.