Living with pain through the back and neck can make it difficult to function normally; when under constant pain, it is nearly impossible. While Cervical Radiculopathy is generally described as pain caused by a pinched nerve root, the cause of the pinched nerve can be from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease.
A herniated disc occurs when a spinal disc ruptures, which then presses against a nerve root; this causes a pinched nerve, which leads to pain and tingling throughout various parts of the body. Spinal stenosis occurs when the bones within the spinal canal grow inward, which then pinch a nerve root, causing many to seek treatment.
Finally, degenerative disc disease occurs when the spinal disc weakens, which then allows the spinal columns to shift out of position and press on nerve roots. All of these issues form the basis for cervical radiculopathy.