Cervical radiculopathy refers to a wordy condition with unfortunate side-effects. Compression causes this condition to one or even more nerves of an individual`s cervical vertebrae that make up the upper neck. For anyone who is suffering from cervical radiculopathy, chiropractic realignment is the best step towards recovery.
Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy
Individuals who are suffering from cervical radiculopathy always complain of decreased sensation or pain in the upper extremities. It might manifest itself in the form of pains or aches down the arms, reduced grip strength, or reduced feeling in an individual`s fingertips. Other symptoms might include neck pain, reduced upper arm reaction time, headaches, and even muscle spasms.
Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy
Nerve compression in an individual`s upper neck might result from various factors. In approximately twenty-five percent (25%) of cases, this condition (cervical radiculopathy) is mainly caused by a disc herniation in a person`s neck. However, other factors like degenerative changes to an individual`s neck that are caused by a natural process of aging, and arthritis are also potential culprits. According to the study, cervical radiculopathy likelihood increases with the age of a person—about 200 persons out of every 100,000 people in their 50`s are suffering from some form.
In addition, risk factors for the development of cervical radiculopathy include heavy manual labor that involves frequent lifting of twenty-five (25) pounds or even more, operating or driving heavy vibrating machines and smoking.
Relief: Chiropractic Treatment
A chiropractor is trained in the diagnosis & treatment of nerve and spinal disorders. So, seeking the guidance of a chiropractor is the best choice, especially for an individual who believes that they are suffering from cervical radiculopathy. About fifty percent (50%) of people who are suffering from this condition and seek treatment usually experience resolution of the symptoms within a period of six (6) to twelve (12) weeks.
Chiropractors uses X-rays of a person`s upper neck when diagnosing the cause of the pain. Also, they will carry out a thorough examination that involves personal lifestyle and history of the patient. And in case cervical radiculopathy is really believed to be the potential culprit, chiropractors will use various non-invasive procedures when realigning the vertebrae & take pressure off of the nerves that are compressed.
If necessary, chiropractors will also use spinal decompression therapy—a procedure that assists to decompress any irritated nerve, and enables nutrients and fluids to flow into any injured disc. This procedure, decompression therapy, entails a special apparatus that uses up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the weight of the patient to decompress the spine for about ten (10) to twelve (12) minutes.
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