The compression of the nerve roots within the spinal canal can lead to severe pain and muscle weakness. If you experience constant pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness around your neck, with occipital headaches on the back of the neck, you may have cervical radiculopathy. Dr. Ben Salari, the leading board-certified orthopedic surgeon in New Jersey, curates personalized treatment plans to address the root cause of your condition.
Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical radiculopathy occurs when the nerve roots are pinched at the point of exit from the spinal canal on the cervical region. This may happen for two primary reasons — degenerative disc disease or herniated discs. The intervertebral discs must maintain sufficient gaps to allow the nerve roots to move unobstructed. When the intervertebral discs are ruptured or damaged, the fluid and bone spurs can obstruct the nerve roots, leading to radiculopathy.
Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy:
- Tingling sensations
- Numbness on the cervical regions
- Pain on the cervical regions
- Muscle weakness
- Occipital headaches above the back of the neck
- Symptoms originate at the neck and extend to the shoulders and arms
- Potential loss of function and mobility
- Difficulty raising the arms above the head
- Difficulty while carrying objects
Contact Dr. Salari for Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment
Dr. Behnam Salari is a highly-skilled, board-certified orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in spinal reconstructive surgery. He believes in diagnosing and treating the root cause of cervical radiculopathy with non-surgical options, such as medications and physical therapy. But if non-surgical care doesn’t work, he will discuss minimally invasive surgical options for your specific needs.
If you have cervical pain accompanied by occipital headaches or other signs of cervical radiculopathy, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Salari at our offices in Morristown, Hackettstown, Sparta, or Randolph in New Jersey.