Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

At Peak Physical Therapy Norwell MA, we treat a multitude of injuries. One of the most common injuries that we see frequently is cervical radiculopathy. Cervical Radiculopathy is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve, which is when a nerve root in the cervical spine becomes inflamed or damaged. Common symptoms associated with a pinched nerve are experiencing pain anywhere from the neck into the shoulder, arm, hand, or fingers and are usually accompanied by muscle weakness, numbness, and altered reflexes.

What Causes Cervical Radiculopathy?

Cervical Radiculopathy is often caused by the normal wear and tear of the spinal column as we age, such as developing arthritis. In younger individuals, it is often caused by sudden injury or a traumatic episode resulting in a herniated disk and associated with onset symptoms.

Diagnosis for Cervical Radiculopathy

Proper diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy involves a physical examination and review of your medical history by your primary care physician or experienced neurosurgeon. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and examine your neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. They may also ask you to perform certain neck and arm exercises to try to recreate and/or relieve your symptoms. Your doctor may advise further treatment, like physical therapy, and recommend Peak Physical Therapy Norwell MA.

Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy

There is a wide range of treatment options available to help alleviate the aches and pains associated with cervical radiculopathy. Initial treatment will usually include one or more of the following:

  • Rest or activity modification
  • Ice and/or heat therapy
  • Medications
  • Soft cervical collar
  • Physical Therapy

Peak Physical Therapy | Norwell, MA

At Peak Physical Therapy, we offer the best physical therapy Norwell MA services on the South Shore and can develop a treatment plan specifically for you and your injuries. Our highly-skilled physical therapists are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for patients of all age and conditions across Massachusetts. If you're unsure of what physical therapy is right for you, contact us at Peak Physical Therapy Norwell MA - we're here and ready to help!

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