Nerve Damage in the Neck? Physical Therapy Can Help!

February 3, 2017 in STSMPT

Cervical radiculopathy, often occurring as a result of an opening between two vertebrae, is a disorder where nerves are damaged in the neck. In addition to the neck, pain and other symptoms can arise in the shoulders, arms, or hands. The good news is a recent randomized, controlled trial shows that physical therapy provides clinically significant improvements in many areas such as pain and range of motion.


Researchers randomly assigned patients to one of two groups. Both groups participated in a rehabilitation program, eight sessions over four weeks, which included stability and mobility exercises, manual therapy to the neck and mid-back, and a home-exercise program. One group received a few modifications that were intended to close up the opening between the two vertebrae. The program resulted in improvements in pain, disability, range of motion, and patient-reported progress for both groups.


Physical therapy can be a safe and effective approach for patients with this disorder, as well as others pertaining to the neck, back, and shoulders.  Don’t live in pain. Let us customize a therapy plan for you today.


Source: Langevin P, Desmeules F, Lamothe M, et al. Comparison of 2 manual therapy and exercise protocols for cervical radiculopathy: a randomized clinical trial evaluating short-term effects. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2015; 45(1): 4-17.

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