Cervical radiculopathy caused by a symptomatic disc herniation: therapeutic exercise
published in January - February 2021 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.1
Annalisa Corradini, Stefano Sorrentino

Cervical radiculopathy is a peripheral root syndrome characterized by nerve entrapment and, therefore, compression of a cervical nerve root: it manifests itself with symptoms such as muscle weakness, altered sensitivity and reflex arch, paresthesia and burning pain both in the cervical tract and in the innervation areas. The diagnosis is clinical and confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and surface electromyography. With regard to the treatment of radiculopathy, recent evidence demonstrates the superiority of conservative treatment over surgical treatment, focusing on recovery of range of motion (ROM), muscle strengthening and manual therapy. Three ad hoc exercises are proposed in this article.