Pain Relief Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy
If you are suffering from cervical radiculopathy then you should seek a chiropractor to provide pain relief from your condition. At Vaughn Chiropractic in Waterford, MI, we are here to answer any questions you might have about spine conditions and how chiropractic care can help.
What Is Cervical Radiculopathy?
Cervical radiculopathy is the compression of nerve roots located near the cervical vertebrae that can cause damage or inflammation to the nerves. In addition to causing pain, this condition can also radiate out to the neck, arms, hands, and shoulders, causing weakness and sensitivity.
The Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy
For young people in their 20s and 30s, the most common cause of cervical radiculopathy is an injury such as a ruptured disc. The herniated disc can create added pressure to the nerve roots, causing the condition. In middle-aged and older people, the condition can be due to normal degeneration. Arthritis is an additional contributor to cervical radiculopathy. This degeneration can include thick ligaments, bulging discs or bone spurs, which might cause added pressure to the nerve root.
The Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy
The most classic symptom of cervical radiculopathy is pain that moves across the upper back or shoulders. There could also be a loss of sensation, as well as coordination problems, including issues in the hands. Additional symptoms include the "pins and needles" feeling as well as numbness or tingling in the arms, hands or fingers.
The Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy
There are several treatments for cervical radiculopathy including medications such as steroids, powerful anti-inflammatory painkillers called corticosteroids as well as non-steroidal painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen. Physical therapy is an important part of treatment and could include exercises for mobility and to reduce pain. Additionally, non-activity may be prescribed for a brief period.
One of the most effective pain relief treatments for cervical radiculopathy is chiropractic care. Chiropractors are able to offer manual manipulation to adjust the spine to increase mobility. Another effective technique for treatment is cervical traction. The goal of this treatment is to increase the space between each cervical vertebrae which provides relief.
Find Pain Relief With Vaughn Chiropractic
Dr. Ronda Marshall and Dr. Jacqueline Vaughn are proud to offer our patients in Waterford the best chiropractic treatments for their needs. For help with cervical radiculopathy or other painful conditions, call us today at (248) 674-4898.