Guide to cervical radiculitis

Cervical radiculitis is a condition that involves the irritation or compression of one or more cervical spinal nerves, or nerve roots, that branch off the spinal cord in the neck area. Cervical radiculitis is described as symptoms that are often radicular, or radiating, in nature. Because the spinal nerve roots are the source of all peripheral nerves that facilitate sensory and motor functions in other parts of the body, their compression in the spine sends pain signals along the entire length of the nerve.

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy often include shooting pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness that affect the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms, hands and/or fingers. Learn more about the causes of cervical radiculitis and the conservative and surgical treatment options available to relieve your chronic symptoms.

Causes of cervical radiculitis

Cervical radiculitis most often occurs when some sort of abnormal condition involving a cervical vertebra or cervical disc causes compression of a spinal nerve root. Examples of spinal abnormalities include herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs and spondylolisthesis. While these types of conditions can be the result of a traumatic injury, they are commonly caused by degeneration related to:

  • Age
  • Overuse
  • Poor body mechanics
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Illness

Treating cervical radiculitis with surgery

Most cases of cervical radiculitis can be managed with a combination of conservative treatments. From medicinal approaches, like pain medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to physical therapy and behavior modification. Nonsurgical treatments will most likely help the symptoms to subside over the course of several weeks or months. Before starting any of these treatments, you should always consult your doctor who can provide you with a conservative treatment plan.

In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to address the source of neural compression in the neck if these approaches do little to relieve your symptoms. If you are considering surgery for your cervical radiculitis, make sure to research all of your options. We encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or one of the procedures. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. ^ Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and utilize small incisions that are muscle-sparing and result in minimal scarring. This streamlined experience reduces hospital-associated costs and allows our patients to get back to their lives faster.^

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery and learn more about how our procedures can treat your cervical radiculitis.