Nerves are like strings and when tugged at one end can create symptoms anywhere along the course of the string. Nerves originate from the spine, specifically in the neck or cervical spine for the arm.
Pain caused by conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and bursitis in the arm could actually be originating from an undiagnosed condition of the neck called cervical radiculopathy.
Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition in which a nerve is injured at the site of the cervical nerve root, where it exits the spine. Some people call it a “pinched nerve.” Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain, numbness and tingling or “funny feelings” in the arm, and weakness in the arm or hand. These symptoms can mimic other conditions of the arm and hand such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow.
There are many patients who had surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome, only to find out afterwards that cervical radiculopathy was contributing to their original symptoms. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you know! Be sure to have your neck evaluated if you are having pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand. It could be a real pain in the neck!
Assured Health physiotherapy offers different technique to treat this condition.