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Cervical Radicular Pain 

Cervical Radicular Pain
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Cervical Radicular Pain
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Joshua Horowitz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190217518.003.0018
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Introduction

Cervical radicular pain is a common reason for patients in pain to seek care from a pain physician. Differing from low back pain and lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radicular pain is often not related to disc protrusion alone but, rather, a combination of disc and degenerative pathologies, such as uncovertebral hypertrophy and spondylosis. Likewise, the natural history is quite favorable if no treatments are applied, mandating greater safety for the treatments applied. Indeed, the most recent American Society of Anesthesiologists closed claims database report suggests that adverse occurrences from procedural therapies for cervical radicular pain are increasing. This chapter broadly discusses the anatomy, pathophysiology, and various approaches to treatment of these disorders.

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