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Neck and nerve pain are common complaints in the clinical setting here at Physio Performance Drogheda.

One of the initial goals of clinical assessment is to determine if your pain is coming from local structures in and around shoulder/arm or being referred from the cervical spine.

One of the possible causes for referred pain into the shoulder and arm is cervical radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve or nerve root pain. Cervical radiculopathy is the term that describes compression of a cervical nerve root which results in pain and/or sensorimotor deficit in the upper extremity. It can be caused by disc herniation, spondylosis, instability, trauma and rarely, tumors. 

Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve) - OrthoInfo - AAOS


In the neck, irritation or compression of a nerve root will be felt in the shoulder or arm as a sensory change or muscular weakness. Common symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulder, arm or hand, altered sensation in these areas – pins and needles, burning, and in some cases, muscle weakness. With nerve root pain symptoms, the spinal level at which the pain is coming from can be deduced as the symptoms often follow a pattern based on the point of origin.


Treatment may include traction, manual therapy and exercises to help offload structures compressing on the nerve. Specific exercises to restore neck range of movement, strengthening  exercises, dry needling, massage are some techniques that may be used. Exercises aren’t the only things to consider during the management of cervical radiculopathy. In fact, there’s no best exercise or treatment, but some other factors can influence our irritability and pain levels.

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