A diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy begins with a complete history and physical examination. The doctor evaluates the neck, shoulder, arm and hands to check for weakness, loss of sensation, or a change in reflexes. Additional tests may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis, to rule out other possible disorders, to help determine the source of the problem, as well as to assess muscle and nerve activity.
The initial treatment for cervical radiculopathy is conservative. Non- surgical medical management can include medication, physical therapy, and/or pain blocking injections. If pain and impairment persist or worsen, Dr. Kai-Ming Fu may recommend surgery. The goal of surgery is to alleviate the impingement of the affected nerve.