Radiculopathy is pain felt into an extremity associated with nerve irritation usually due to disc pathology. Nerves can also be affected by both muscle spasm and joint dysfunction or a combination of both. When a patient experiences radiculopathy they will usually feel numbness, tingling, and or burning into the upper extremity.
If symptoms persist and it goes untreated the patient may then have developed weakness to the muscle and a slow or diminished reflex. Over time this can become a serious problem and should be evaluated immediately and taken seriously. Nervous tissue once compromised has a slow recovery rate when compared to other soft tissue in the cervical spine no chance of recovering to its initial state.