March 21, 2022

Cervical Radiculopathy


Alessandro Ronconi

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5 minutes

Are you experiencing tingling arm pain or weakness? 

You could be suffering for a condition known as Cervical Radiculopathy. Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition in which the nerves in your neck are compressed or irritated. Other common symptoms besides tingling arm pain or weakness could be neck pain that could also be limiting your neck range of motion (the amount of movement your head can turn), shoulder pain, arm feeling heavy, and/or headaches. 

How does a physical therapist assess for Cervical Radiculopathy? 

Cervical radiculopathy can be assessed with great accuracy using four test and measures during our evaluation known as the Wainner Cluster. Those four test and measures are: 

1) positive ULTTa 

2) positive distraction test 

3) positive Spurling’s test 

4) neck rotation less than 60 degrees 

Having just three of the four mentioned above can provide the therapist with a high likelihood you are experiencing Cervical Radiculopathy. The physical therapist will also perform a thorough examination to determine the level or levels being affected. 

How does a physical therapist help Cervical Radiculopathy? 

A physical therapist will provide you with the plan of care that is evidence-based to help reduce pain, improve neck range of motion, increase strength, and improve your quality of life. Each plan of care will involve a multitude of evidence-based treatments which will include exercises and treatment modalities such as manual therapy/soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, cupping, and pain management strategies to improve your symptoms and get you back to what you enjoy doing as quickly as possible. 

How to get treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy? 

Do not wait! Contact our team at one of our six Imagine Physical Therapy clinics conveniently located around the Charleston, South Carolina area today to start you on an individualized treatment plan to get you back to the things you enjoy. 

Reference Wainner RS, Fritz JM, Irrgang JJ, Boninger ML, Delitto A, Allison S. Reliability and diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination and patient self-report measures for cervical radiculopathy. Spine. 2003;28(1):52-62. doi:10.1097/00007632-200301010-00014