Cervical Radiculopathy

Pinched Nerve / Cervical Radiculopathy

When a nerve root leaves the spinal cord and the cervical spine, it travels down into the arm. Along the way, each nerve supplies sensation (feeling) to a part of the skin of the shoulder and arm and supplies electrical signals to certain muscles to move part of the arm or hand. When a nerve is irritated or pinched – by either a bone spur or part of the intervertebral disc – it causes the nerve not work properly. This shows up as: weakness in the muscles the nerve goes to, numbness in the skin where the nerve goes, or pain in the area where the nerve travels. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy.

Treatments

Conservative Treatments

At the Center for Spine Care, we offer a variety of non-surgical, conservative care approaches to treating back or neck pain. Most of our patients improve with these treatments and never need surgery.

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Foraminotomy

Cervical foraminotomy is an operation to enlarge the space where a spinal nerve root exits the cervical spinal canal to relieve the symptoms of a “pinched nerve.”

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Cervical Disc Replacement

Anterior cervical fusion is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord. The term is derived from the words anterior (front), cervical (neck), and fusion (joining the vertebrae with a bone graft).

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Cervical Interbody Fusion

CSC offers some of the most innovative and modern approaches to cervical spine fusion.

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Technologies

METRx

A small, tubular device used for minimally-invasive procedures, CSC physicians are pioneers in using the METRx technology.

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O-Arm

CSC utilizes the O-Arm Stealth Navigation System in our minimally invasive surgeries to see the 3-D structure of the spine in the operating room on a computer screen with amazing accuracy. This remarkable system is yet another of many methods that CSC uses for our patient’s safety.

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Stealth Station

At CSC, patient safety is always first. We use some of the world’s most innovative technologies in our surgical approaches such as the Stealth Station. The Stealth is an image-guided system with amazing accuracy.

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Stem Cell
Therapy

Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.