Advanced Physical Therapy

Cervical Radiculopathy

In cervical radiculopathy, the nerve that exits the spine through a small passageway between the vertebrae and disc may be injured. This may be a result of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, a degenerative disc, or small bony spurs. Signs of this condition include dull or sharp pain in the neck or between the shoulder blades, pain that radiates down the arm to the hand or fingers, numbness/tingling in the arm, or weakness in the arm/hand. Certain movements of the neck can intensify the pain.

Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. Treatments may include: ice/heat, cervical traction, electric stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy techniques, and exercises.

After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.

This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.

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