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Treatment for Chronic Spinal Pain in Atlanta, GA

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms, and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the cervical spinal column, and it can cause serious back pain that interferes with your daily life.

The team at The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists is experienced in providing treatment for cervical radiculopathy, and we’re happy to discuss your options with you. Our team of specialists can help you find the best treatment plan to manage your chronic neck pain in Atlanta, GA. We provide a range of treatments for cervical radiculopathy, and our goal is to improve your strength and flexibility so that you can live more comfortably.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to a more pain-free life, contact The Physicians today. We’ll be glad to provide you with our expertise and guidance so that you can get the care you need for your cervical radiculopathy. With our help, you can live an active lifestyle free from pain.

Cervical Spine Pain Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve in the neck, is a condition that occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated. This can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms and hands.

The most common symptom of cervical radiculopathy is pain that radiates from the neck down through the arms and hands. Other symptoms may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Muscle weakness in the arms and hands
  • Loss of coordination or difficulty with fine motor skills
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck and shoulders

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended to seek medical evaluation and treatment.

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, we offer various treatment options for cervical radiculopathy, including:

  • Physical Therapy: Our licensed physical therapists work with patients to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the neck and upper back, as well as recommend exercises to improve overall spine health.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers (such as ibuprofen) or prescription medication may be recommended to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques like massage, trigger point therapy, and chiropractic manipulation can help reduce pain and improve mobility.
  • Injections: Epidural injections or nerve blocks may be used to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
  • Surgery: In severe cases where other treatments have failed, a doctor may recommend surgery to decompress the affected nerve. If surgery is necessary, The Physicians can refer you to a trusted specialist.

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, we understand that every patient is unique. Our team of experienced physicians will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to provide the best possible outcome and relief from your cervical radiculopathy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes cervical radiculopathy?

Cervical radiculopathy is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve root in the neck. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Herniated disc: A herniated disc in the neck can push against the nerve roots and cause cervical radiculopathy
  • Degenerative changes: As people age, the bones, discs, and joints in the neck may degenerate, leading to cervical radiculopathy.
  • Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, placing pressure on the nerve roots and causing cervical radiculopathy.
  • Trauma: Injuries to the neck, such as whiplash from a car accident, can cause cervical radiculopathy.
  • Tumors: In rare cases, tumors in the neck can compress the nerve roots and cause cervical radiculopathy

By understanding the underlying causes of cervical radiculopathy, it's possible to take measures to decrease the risk of developing the condition. Maintaining proper posture, practicing a healthy lifestyle, and seeking medical treatment for any underlying conditions can help to minimize the risk of cervical radiculopathy.

What type of surgery is recommended for cervical radiculopathy?

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF): During an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure, a surgeon makes an incision in the neck and removes a herniated disc or bone spurs that are causing nerve root compression. The affected vertebrae are then fused together with bone grafts to stabilize the spine and provide pain relief.
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy: During this procedure, a portion of the vertebrae is removed in order to decompress the nerves. Bone grafts may also be used to help stabilize the spine.
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy: This procedure involves making an incision in the back of the neck and gently removing some tissue to widen the opening around a nerve root that is being compressed. A ligament may also be removed in order to increase space for the nerve root.

At The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, our team of experienced surgeons will work with you to determine which surgical option is best for your individual needs.

Do you accept insurance for cervical radiculopathy treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic back pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from spinal pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.