Most people with workers compensation cervical radiculopathy get better without surgery. In cases where people don't get relief with nonsurgical treatments they may require surgery. There are several types of surgery for cervical radiculopathy, including foraminotomy, discectomy and fusion.
Workers compensation cervical radiculopathy treatment often starts with nonsurgical treatment unless the nerve problem is getting worse rapidly. At first, the doctor may prescribe immobilization of the neck. Keeping the neck still for a short time can calm inflammation and pain. This might include being off work on TTD benefits with one to two days of bed rest and the use of a soft neck collar. This collar is a padded ring that wraps around the neck and is held in place by a Velcro strap. Normally, a patient need only wear a collar for one to two weeks. Wearing it longer tends to weaken the neck muscles.
The symptoms from cervical radiculopathy are from pressure on an irritated nerve, which can result from a car accident or work injury. These symptoms are not the same as those that come from mechanical neck pain. Mechanical neck pain usually starts in the neck and may spread to include the upper back or shoulder.
Cervical radiculopathy is called neurogenic pain and is caused by any condition that puts pressure on the nerves where they leave the spinal column. This is much different than mechanical neck pain. Mechanical neck pain is caused by injury or inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck, such as the discs, facet joints, ligaments, or muscles. The main causes of cervical radiculopathy include degeneration, disc herniation, and spinal instability. Cervical radiculopathy is a common workers compensation injury, especially from job duties over time that include overhead work and neck flexion and extension.
Cervical radiculopathy following a work-related injury can reference a serious workers compensation claim in Wisconsin. Neck pain has many causes. Mechanical neck pain comes from injury or inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck. This is much different and less concerning than symptoms that come from pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column. People sometimes refer to this problem as a pinched nerve. Health care providers call it cervical radiculopathy.