Cervical Radiculopathy: Focused on Primary CareJesús Guillermo Gañan-Vesga*
Department of Research, Hospital San Rafael of Tunja, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas Ambientales, Colombia, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jesús Guillermo Gañan-Vesga
Department of Research, Hospital San Rafael of Tunja
Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas Ambientales, Colombia, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 17, 2016; Accepted date: January 09, 2017; Published date: January 16, 2017
Citation: Gañan-Vesga JG (2017) Cervical Radiculopathy: Focused on Primary Care. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 5:384. doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000384
Copyright: © 2017 Gañan-Vesga JG. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Cervical radiculopathy is an entity which frequently presents with upper extremity pain associated with neurologic symptoms caused by compression of nerve roots.
Purpose: This piece was made in order to understand better how this entity is produced and therefore how its symptoms develop.
Method: The ScienceDirect and ClinicalKey database were searched looking for articles which were selected and reviewed separately by both authors.
Results: Cervical radiculopathy has an increasing incidence, more common in man than in women. The most common symptom that makes patient to consult is movement impairment of the upper limb, followed but paresthesia, among others. Degenerative changes associated to a proinflammatory cascade are the mechanism by which it develops that leads to the narrowing of the foraminal spaces and pain. Although diagnostic imaging improves every day, the diagnosis is made after a complete medical history and physical exam, including all the provocative maneuvers. Non-pharmacologic treatment must be done at first using different options and lastly surgery when in needed.