Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy means a nerve in the neck is pinched or bruised. This can cause pain or loss of feeling (numbness) that runs from your neck to your arm and fingers.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured or painful area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day, or as told by your doctor.

  • If ice does not help, you can try using heat. Take a warm shower or bath, or use a hot water bottle as told by your doctor.

  • You may try a gentle neck and shoulder massage.

  • Use a flat pillow when you sleep.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all physical therapy visits as told by your doctor.

  • If you are given a soft collar, wear it as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse and is not controlled with medicine.

  • You lose feeling or feel weak in your hand, arm, face, or leg.

  • You have a fever or stiff neck.

  • You cannot control when you poop or pee (incontinence).

  • You have trouble with walking, balance, or speaking.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.