Cervical radiculopathy, or a "pinched nerve," is a type of damage or disease (neuropathy) affecting the root of one or more nerves in the neck region. It causes radiating pain, weakness, numbness, and/or difficulty controlling or using some muscles. Pinched nerves occur due to compression at the base of the nerve’s root. This can happen from normal aging, overuse, misuse, injury, or strain, as well as be a secondary result of other conditions such as degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, joint degeneration/hypertrophy, ligamentous hypertrophy, spondylolisthesis, or a combination of one or more of the above.
Conservative, noninvasive treatment such as physical therapy and medication is typically successful in helping the nerve heal naturally. In severe or persistent situations, surgery is another option.