By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)

Do you feel pain that radiates into the arm and hand? This may be caused by nerve compression in the cervical spine or cervical spondylotic radiculopathy.

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

Cervical Radiculopathy, commonly called a ‘Pinched Nerve”, occurs when a nerve in the neck is damaged or compressed. The damage to this nerve can cause pain and loss of sensation along the nerve’s pathway into the arm and hand, depending on where the damage nerve is located.

The common causes of the damage include:

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy may include:

Some studies have shown that exercise or exercise combined with other treatments can effectively decrease pain and improve functional status. You can try exercise for a pinched nerve if your symptoms are mild.

Dr Tony Setiobudi is an Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Singapore. He treats bone, joint, muscle and ligament problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve compression and spine problems such as back & neck pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine tumor & infection, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis fracture, spinal stenosis and slipped disc.