Brachialgia (Cervical Radiculopathy)

What is brachialgia?
Brachialgia is a technical term for arm pain. It is generally used when the pain is thought to be due to a problem with the nerves, most frequently a compressed or pinched nerve in the neck.

How does brachialgia occur?
The spinal canal and intervertebral foraminae are bony tunnels in the spine through which run the spinal cord and spinal nerves (nerve roots) respectively. When the size of these tunnels is reduced, there is less room for the spinal nerves and/or spinal cord, the consequence of which may be pressure on these structures.

Symptoms of neural (nerve or spinal cord) compression include pain in the neck, shoulder blade or arm. Numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness are often associated with brachialgia.

Disorders that can cause nerve root compression and brachilagia include spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, a bulging or prolapsed intervertebral disc, bony spurs (osteophytes), or spondylosis (osteoarthritis of the spine). Commonly, two or more of these conditions are seen together.

How is brachialgia treated?
There are a number of treatment options fro brachilagia, and these will depend upon your specific situation:

Conditions Treated

Spinal Conditions Treated

Brachialgia (Cervical Radiculopathy)

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc Prolapse

Facet Joint Pain


Lower Back Pain

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis



Trauma (fractures, dislocations, instability)


Pain Conditions Treated

Cervicogenic Headaches

Failed Back Surgery

Occipital Neuralgia

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