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Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms and Causes

Cervical radiculopathy, or pinched nerve, is damage to nerve function that results from a nerve root near the cervical vertebrae being compressed. Causes of cervical radiculopathy can include mechanical compression of the nerve by a disk herniation, a bone spur from osteoarthritis, or from thickening of surrounding ligaments. Other less common causes of cervical radiculopathy are tumors or infections. Cervical radiculopathy symptoms are pain and the loss of sensation in various upper extremities, depending on where the damaged roots are located.