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Medically reviewed by Abiola Atanda, M.D.

Have you ever experienced a shooting pain, tingling, or weakness in your neck, shoulder, or arm? If so, you might be suffering from cervical radiculopathy or more commonly the term: “Pinched Nerve”, a condition that can be both uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. Fortunately, there are solutions available to help you regain your quality of life, and the Spine Center at OrthoConnecticut is here to provide comprehensive care, including surgical and non-surgical options.


Understanding Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition that occurs when a nerve in the neck, often due to compression or irritation, causes symptoms to radiate down the arm. This condition can be caused by various factors, such as herniated discs, bone spurs, or degenerative changes in the spine. The symptoms of cervical radiculopathy can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, weakness, and numbness in the affected arm.

Non-Surgical Options

  • Physical Therapy: The Spine Center works with a team of skilled physical therapists who can develop personalized exercise programs to help alleviate pain, improve flexibility, and strengthen the neck and shoulder muscles. Physical therapy can be a highly effective non-surgical option for managing cervical radiculopathy.
  • Medications: In some cases, medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, or pain relievers may be prescribed to help manage pain and inflammation associated with cervical radiculopathy.
  • Epidural Steroid Injections: If conservative treatments alone aren't enough to provide relief, your doctor may recommend epidural steroid injections. These injections can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in the affected area.


Surgical Options

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: When non-surgical treatments prove ineffective, surgical intervention may be necessary. The Spine Center specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures, which involve smaller incisions and quicker recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.
  • Microdiscectomy: This procedure involves removing the part of the herniated disc that is pressing on the nerve, relieving the pain and other symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy.
  • Cervical Fusion: In cases where there is significant instability in the spine, cervical fusion surgery may be recommended. This procedure fuses two or more vertebrae together, stabilizing the spine and reducing nerve compression.


Why Choose the Spine Center at OrthoConnecticut?

We are a premier destination for individuals suffering from cervical radiculopathy. Here's why you should consider us for your spinal care:

  • Experienced Specialists: Our team of highly skilled spine specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for cervical radiculopathy patients.
  • Comprehensive Approach: We offer a range of treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, to address your specific needs and preferences.
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: Our surgeons are well-versed in minimally invasive procedures, which offer faster recovery times and reduced postoperative pain.
  • Personalized Care: We believe in tailoring our treatment plans to each patient's unique condition, ensuring the best possible outcome.


Cervical radiculopathy can be a painful and debilitating condition, but with the expert care provided by the Spine Center at OrthoConnecticut, you can find relief and regain your quality of life. Whether you opt for non-surgical treatments or require surgical intervention, our team is here to guide you through the journey to recovery. Don't let cervical radiculopathy hold you back – contact the Spine Center at OrthoConnecticut and take the first step toward a pain-free future.

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