The first goal of treatment is to reduce neurological pain, weakness or pins & needles into the arms and hands.
The term used by chiropractors treating cervical radiculopathy is “centralisation” of symptoms. This is a sign that there is less compression and inflammation of the affected nerves.
Hands-on manual therapy, cervical traction and pain-free exercises are prescribed early in treatment. Soft tissue techniques such as dry needling, cupping and dynamic taping can be used to treat painful muscles. A home rehabilitation program will be prescribed consisting of gentle stretches, neck retractions and stabilisation exercises.
It’s important to remember that intervertebral disks can heal without surgery. An accurate diagnosis, specific treatment plan and patient compliance is necessary for best results. Disks can take from 4 weeks up to 6 months or longer to heal.
If you fail to respond to a course of chiropractic treatment, a referral for an MRI or orthopedic consult may be necessary.