You have arm pain?, well it could be coming from your neck, it called Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical description of pain and neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).
When any nerve root in the cervical spine is irritated through compression or inflammation, the symptoms can radiate along that nerve’s pathway into the arm and hand. The patient’s specific cervical radiculopathy symptoms will depend primarily on which nerve is affected. People with Cervical Radiculpathy can have arm pain with little or no neck pain.
The type of pain also can vary. Some patients describe dull, all over pain; others describe the pain as severe burning or sharp. Patients may feel tingling, “pins and needles,” or
Certain neck movements, like bending the neck back, side to side, or rotating it, may increase the pain. Some patients report that pain decreases when they place a hand behind their head; the movement may be relieving the pressure and traction on the nerve root which then lessens their symptoms.
What Can be done to Help?
Physiotherapy, Traction, Anti-inflammatories, and Activity Modification are some of the more commonly used conservative therapies.
Some of the more severe episodes may require scan injections or even surgery.
If you have any questions come and see the professional staff at Hoys Physiotherapy for assessment and advice, Coffs Harbour 66527355, Sawtell 66586111