Radiculopathy is generally referring to a cervical radiculopathy, also known as a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is both a physical issue, as well as a neurological issue, resulting from a condition or trauma that irritates the nerves in the cervical spine. The cervical spine is the region of the spinal cord at your neck.
Cervical nerve roots, the C1 through C8 “disks” in your spine, allow for functional movement in your arms, shoulders, hands, and fingers. They are responsible for receiving “directions” from the brain, creating movement; as well as carrying sensory fibers to the skin that provide sensations, like the feeling of a touch. These nerve roots can become easily irritated as a result of compression and/or inflammation. This upper spine compression is almost always the result of trauma, from a bad car accident, to sleeping in an awkward position. Common symptoms for radiculopathy and other neck issues are shooting pains, tingling sensations in the area, numbness, and/or weakness in the entire arm, shoulder, or hand.
For neck conditions of this type seek immediate assistance as symptoms are often progressive and get worse over time.