Cervical RadiculopathyDamage/disturbance of nerve functions which results in pain, pins & needles or weakness which travels into the neck, shoulder or arm

Caused by:

Damage to the nerve due to pressure from material from a ruptured disc, degenerative changes in neck joints, arthritis or other injuries. When a nerve root is irritated through compression and/or inflammation, the symptoms radiate along the nerves pathway into the arm & hand. Specific symptoms will depend on the nerve root irritated


Pain/pins & needles/weakness in neck, arm, chest, upper back and/or shoulders
Pain can be in one area only, or along the entire arm
Type of pain can vary – sharp/dull/burning/tingling

Neck Pain – How can Physiotherapy help me?

Physiotherapists are university trained in the assessment and treatment of spinal problems.Physiotherapists treat neck pain using a variety of techniques, including joint mobilisation (a gentle, safe form of manipulation), traction, deep tissue releases and exercises. Advice can also be provided on ways to relieve your pain by correcting its cause, for example the correction of poor postural habits.

Neck Pain – How long until I am better?

Depending on the type of neck injury different recovery times can be expected. As a general guide: anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks can be expected. Some patients improve much faster, and some patients with chronic conditions may require more physiotherapy.