Degenerative cervical radiculopathy: clinical diagnosis and conservative treatment. A review. To provide a state-of-the-art assessment of diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of degenerative cervical radiculopathy a literature search for studies on epidemiology, diagnosis including electrophysiological examination and imaging studies, and different types of conservative treatment was undertaken. The most common causes of cervical root compression are spondylarthrosis and disc herniation. Diagnosis is made mainly on clinical grounds, although there are no well-defined criteria. Provocative tests like the foraminal compression test are widely used but not properly evaluated. The clinical diagnosis of degenerative cervical radiculopathy can be confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. The role of electromyography is mainly to rule out other conditions. Cervical radiculopathy is initially treated conservatively, although no treatment modality has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. Degenerative cervical radiculopathy: diagnosis and conservative treatment. A review.

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Keywords Cervical herniated discs, Cervical radiculopathy, Cervical spondylosis, Diagnosis, Review, Therapy
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Journal European Journal of Neurology
Kuijper, B, Tans, J.T.J, Schimsheimer, R.J, van der Kallen, B.F.W, Beelen, A, Nollet, F, & de Visser, M. (2009). Degenerative cervical radiculopathy: Diagnosis and conservative treatment. A review. European Journal of Neurology (Vol. 16, pp. 15–20). doi:10.1111/j.1468-1331.2008.02365.x