Cervical Radiculopathy

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):

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