Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a “pinched nerve”, occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord. Usually this can cause neck pain that radiates into the shoulder and/or arm. It can also cause muscle weakness and numbness. Cervical radiculopathy is often caused by degenerative changes that occur slowly over time such as arthritis in the neck joints. In younger people, it is most often caused by a sudden injury that results in a herniated disc.
Watch the video below to learn more about cervical radiculopathy.