Cervical Radiculopathy and Cervical Decompression

Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve in Neck)

  • Definition: Cervical radiculopathy, commonly known as a “pinched nerve,” occurs when any of the nerve roots in your neck (cervical spine) become compressed or inflamed. This condition leads to radiating pain, muscle weakness, and numbness down your arm.
  • Causes:
    • Degenerative Changes: As you age, wear and tear on your spine (cervical spondylosis) can contribute to nerve compression.
    • Herniated Discs: Bulging or herniated discs in the neck can also cause pinched nerves.

Cervical Spine and Nerve Roots

  • Cervical Spine: The neck region of your spine consists of seven bones (C1-C7 vertebrae). These vertebrae protect your spinal cord and provide flexibility.
  • Nerve Roots: Nerve roots extend from your spinal cord and connect to different parts of your body. When a nerve root becomes pinched, it affects the nerves attached to it. Thus, a pinched nerve in your neck can cause pain radiating down your arm.

Cervical Decompression Machines

  • Purpose: Cervical decompression machines aim to relieve pressure on the cervical spine and nerve roots.
  • Techniques:
    • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSD): This technique uses computerized feedback and segmental distraction to decompress spinal nerve roots.
    • Surgical Decompression: In severe cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to alleviate nerve compression.


Cervical radiculopathy can significantly impact your quality of life. Chiropractic care, lifestyle modifications, and appropriate treatments like cervical decompression can help manage symptoms and promote overall well-being.