Cervical Radiculopathy is a medical condition where there is disturbance in the nerve function, a condition that occurs if a nerve root at the level of cervical vertebrae happens to undergo compression. This may be accompanied by loss of sensation and/or pain in certain upper body extremities. This will however depend on the location of the damaged roots. Though the condition is widely thought of as a "pinched nerve," it is generally caused by a bone spur or a herniated disc that presses against a nerve root, causing inflammation.
Cervical Radiculopathy is also known as:
Herniated intervertebral disk
Prolapsed intervertebral disk
Herniated nucleus pulpous
Radiating neck pain
According to studies Cervical Radiculopathy occurs in a frequency that is much lower than radiculopathy of the lumbar region of the spine. In the United States, the annual approximation is said to stand at 85 reported cases per 100,000 of the population.