If one or both of your arms is making you miserable, not functioning as it should, or is interfering with your work, then you may be suffering from cervical radiculopathy. Don't give up on that limb just yet, because we can help restore its function and eliminate your pain through the use of a safe and natural approach.
Cervical Radiculopathy's Causes and Symptoms
As the name suggests, cervical radiculopathy starts with some form of nerve dysfunction in the cervical spine. This part of your spinal cord sends and receives signals from your body's upper extremities, including your shoulders, arms, and hands. Major nerve roots connect the spinal cord to your arms' major nerves. These nerve roots that go to your arms are threaded through some fairly narrow spaces between your cervical vertebrae; and in some cases this can turn out to be a problem. Any structural damage or degenerative changes that alter the relative positions of your neck vertebrae, discs, or surrounding tissues can lead to irritation, pressure, and inflammation affecting your nerve function. That's why you experience such debilitating and uncomfortable symptoms:
- Pain: aches, sharp, and shooting pain
- Strange tingling feelings or numbness in some area of the hand or arm
- Loss of muscular coordination and/or muscle weakness that reduces your manual dexterity
Cervical radiculopathy can be the result of an accident injury such as whiplash, but more commonly, it develops due to degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or untreated alignment and postural problems in the cervical spine.
Cervical Strategies for Pain Relief and Restored Function
As alarming as cervical radiculopathy's symptoms may be, there's no reason to fret about your available treatment methods. Dr. Andrea, will use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to examine your cervical spine. Once we know precisely where the problem originates, we can employ gentle, safe cervical adjustments to relieve that nerve irritation, resulting in natural pain relief. You may also benefit from massage therapy and functional medicine to help you maintain cervical health and reduce overall inflammation resulting in a higher levels of overall nerve function.
Talk to Your Chiropractor in Grand Junction
Get the full comfort and functionality you need from both of your arms and hands. Call your chiropractor in Grand Junction at 970-812-5559 for cervical radiculopathy treatment!