Cervical radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy - Learning Issue: Radiculopathy...

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Learning Issue: Radiculopathy (cervical) Name: Michael Holmes efinition A group of nerve root disorders often caused by compression or central or neuroforaminal stenosis. The seventh (C7; 60%) and sixth (C6; 25%) cervical nerve roots are the most commonly affected. In the younger population, cervical radiculopathy is a result of a disc herniation or an acute injury causing foraminal impingement of an exiting nerve. Disc herniation accounts for 20-25% of the cases of cervical radiculopathy. In the older patient, cervical radiculopathy is often a result of foraminal narrowing from osteophyte formation, decreased disc height, degenerative changes of the uncovertebral joints anteriorly and of the facet joints posteriorly. Factors Factors associated with increased risk include heavy manual labor requiring the lifting of more than 25 pounds, smoking, and driving or operating vibrating equipment. Other, less frequent causes include tumors of the spine, an expanding cervical synovial cyst, synovial chondromatosis in the cervical facet joint, giant cell arteritis of the cervical radicular
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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