How can an OT help with Cervical Radiculopathy?
Commonly known as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy occurs from a compressed or irritated nerve in the neck. Cervical radiculopathy is commonly caused from degenerative changes as we age such as bulging, herniated, or intervertebral disks. This can also be caused from an injury to the cervical region. Symptoms include pain that radiates from the neck. Symptoms often appear in the shoulder or arm and is presented as pain, numbness, and/or weakness.
Occupational Therapy specialists are able to identify which nerve is affected by observing where the symptoms are occurring. Treatment includes:
· Manual therapy such as soft tissue and joint mobilization,
· Specialized exercise programs to improve range of motion and strength,
· And education of postural awareness and ergonomics for future prevention.
The goal of occupational therapy for cervical radiculopathy is to allow you to participate in your activities of daily living pain free and with the education to prevent the return of these symptoms. Please call our office or stop in with any questions or comments you may have!
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