Cervical radiculopathy is a condition that results from compression and irritation of one or more of the cervical spine (neck).
The symptoms that result can include:
- Neck and Shoulder pain.
- Numbness and tingling in the arm and hand (often including one or more of the fingers)
- Electric-like jolts of pain through the arm.
- Loss of sensation in the upper limb and or hand.
- Weakness in the arm and/or hand.
Cervical radiculopathy can be caused by any process that causes an impingement or irritation of one or more nerves of the cervical spine. Some of the more common causes include:
- Cervical disc degeneration.
- Herniated cervical disc.
- Trauma affecting the neck.
- Cervical spinal stenosis.
One of the most common causes of cervical radiculopathy is herniated disc of the cervical spine (video discusses in detail):