Cervical nerves are large spinal nerves that branch from the spinal cord in the neck to the arms, shoulders, upper back and hands. They control motor and sensory activities. The nerve root, which causes cervical radiculopathy when compressed or injured, is the initial segment of nerves that exit the spine. Cervical radiculopathy is also known as nerve root impingement, nerve entrapment or a pinched nerve. In addition to the pain it causes, this type of radiculopathy can affect hand movements and coordination, as well as causing numbness or decreased sensation.
Cervical myelopathy is a condition that occurs due to compression of the spinal cord because of the narrowing of the vertebral canal in an area within the neck. Myelopathy typically results in gradual loss of strength and coordination.
At Austin Sports Medicine, our board-certified physicians are well-equipped to diagnose and treat both of these spinal conditions.