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  • Writer's pictureKieran Cummins

Neck & arm pain into the little finger: How can physiotherapy help?

Ulnar nerve radiculopathy and nerve root impingement of the cervical spine can be incredibly debilitating conditions that can significantly impact a person's daily life. These conditions occur when the nerves in the cervical spine, which is located in the neck, become compressed or pinched. This can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.

There are a variety of ways that nerve root impingement can occur, including injury, poor posture, or degenerative changes in the spine. Ulnar nerve radiculopathy, on the other hand, specifically affects the ulnar nerve, which runs from the neck to the hand and controls the muscles and sensation in the forearm and hand.

Diagnosing these conditions usually involves a combination of physical examination, medical history, and imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs. An electromyography (EMG) test may also be ordered to assess nerve function and determine the extent of nerve damage.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on the affected nerves. However, physiotherapy can also be incredibly helpful in managing symptoms and improving overall function. At Redrock Physio, we offer a range of services to assess and treat nerve root impingement and ulnar nerve radiculopathy, including manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education on proper posture and ergonomics.

Our physiotherapists work closely with patients to create individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. We also use evidence-based practices and the latest techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

The benefits of physiotherapy for nerve root impingement and ulnar nerve radiculopathy are numerous. Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion, and increase overall strength and flexibility. It can also help patients to regain function in affected areas, such as the hand or arm.

In conclusion, nerve root impingement and ulnar nerve radiculopathy are serious conditions that can greatly impact a person's quality of life. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

At Redrock Physio, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective care to help our patients overcome these conditions and achieve optimal health and wellness.


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