Cervical radiculopathy is a condition that results when a nerve is pinched or irritated as it leaves the spine in the neck. Nerves from the spinal cord exit at various levels from the spine and travel throughout the body. With cervical radiculopathy, the nerves are affected at the spine, but the symptoms may be felt in places where the nerves travel. Spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or bone spur, can cause cervical radiculopathy.
Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms
Although the cause of cervical radiculopathy is at the spine, symptoms may occur at locations where the nerves travel. You may experience pain, numbness or weakness in the shoulders, arms and hands. You may also have neck pain. Headaches may occur at the back of your head. In advanced cases, muscle wasting and symptoms in the legs may occur.