Neck Pain and Cervical Radiculopathy

Neck pain and cervical radiculopathy are ailments of the upper body that can be debilitating and frustrating for individuals to deal with on a daily basis. Neck pain (aka cervicalgia) is any pain felt from the base of the skull to the top of your shoulder blades. There are also occasions when neck pain can lead to nerve irritation. This can present itself as numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain from the head (headaches) to the shoulder blades, upper arms, forearms and even into the hands and fingers. This is referred to as cervical radiculopathy. Neck pain and cervical radiculopathy can be quite painful, interfering with both daily living, and recreational activities.

What causes neck pain and/or cervical radiculopathy?

Some common causes of neck pain include:

  • Intervertebral disc bulges
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched or impinged nerves
  • Osteophytes (bone spurs)
  • Spinal or disc degeneration
  • Overstretched nerves (burners or stingers)
  • Ligament sprains (ex. Whiplash)
  • Muscle strains (from prolonged sitting, repetitive lifting or carrying, heavy lifting)

What can Physical Therapy for neck pain do to help?

At Elevate Physical Therapy, emphasis is placed on finding the root causes of your pain, and then customizing a treatment plan to help reduce and eliminate those symptoms. We are trained to identify patterns or pain (no matter now irregular symptoms may seem) and use systematic treatment approaches depending on the patterns we identify. This consists of both movement based, and manual based treatment concepts.