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Cervical Radiculopathy

Pinched Nerves in Your Cervical Spine

Radiculopathy is derived from Latin roots of radix, meaning root, as in the nerve root, and patheia, meaning suffering. Cervical radiculopathy is a common musculoskeletal problem. This refers to a condition of nerves in the neck getting irritated, causing a variety of symptoms. In the neck, there are 7 bones. The nerves come out of spaces between the bones, called foramen, where a nerve can be pinched.

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How Do Nerves Get Pinched?

There are 6 causes of pinched nerves.

  1. Nerves can get pinched in the neck as a result of injured disks such as disk bulges, protrusion, herniation, or disk annular tears.
  2. Nerves can also get pinched from bone spurs or enlarged arthritic facet joints.
  3. Nerves can get pinched when there is less space due to a condition known as spondylolisthesis where there is a misalignment of the vertebral bodies.
  4. Other things that are rare such as infection, tumor, hematoma, or spinal fracture can cause pinched nerves as well.
  5. Also a pinched nerve can result from having previous surgery on the neck.
  6. The most common area in the neck for a pinched nerve is the C5-6 space followed by the C6-7 space after that.

Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy

Since cervical radiculopathy affects the nerves, patients can feel symptoms anywhere along the course of the nerve from the neck into the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, or fingers.


Numbness refers to less sensation in the area of the body supplied by a specific nerve. For the neck nerves, this would be the area of the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and/or fingers.

Numbness can give your arm a sensation that it is “falling asleep.” Sometimes this can happen at night and awaken you from sleep. With numbness, there is a risk of injuring the extremity further such as cutting or burning yourself more easily since the sensation is less. It can also cause you to drop items if the hand is numb and you do not feel what you are holding.

Different nerve roots that are injured can cause numbness in different areas.

Here are some examples of what is meant numbness corresponding to which nerve is being pinched:

  • Numbness in the collarbone area can be coming from the C4 nerve.
  • C5 nerve commonly causes numbness around the outside of the arm and elbow.
  • Irritation to the C6 nerve can cause numbness in the forearm and into the thumb and first digit.
  • Irritation to the C7 nerve can cause numbness in the back of the arm, or towards the middle finger.
  • Irritation for the C8 nerve can cause numbness in the last 2 fingers.


Cervical radiculopathy, unfortunately, can be the cause of pain that can show itself in various types of ways. Here are some things to know about pain and this condition:

  • Pain can be sharp, stabbing abrupt, or jolting.
  • Pain can be a burning sensation that may come and go or linger on.
  • Pain can be aching deep pain that can be constant or intermittent.
  • Pain can also be radiating from the neck to any part of the arm, shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand or fingers. It may not radiate and you only feel pain in one or 2 of these areas.
  • Pain can be made worse by certain positions, postures, movements, exercises, and/or activities.


Tingling or paresthesia can cause the sensation of pins and needles that may be weird and/or uncomfortable.

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness can occur in any part of the upper extremity. It may be related to particular activities such as lifting the arm or shoulder, gripping things, working out, exercising, etc. For instance, muscle weakness corresponding to C5 nerve root irritation can manifest as shoulder weakness. For the C6 nerves, it can manifest as shoulder and forearm weakness. For the C7 nerve, it can be triceps weakness. And, for the C8 nerve, it can be a weakness in the hand or with grip strength.

Deeper Dive Into Symptoms

Arm Pain at Night

Arm pain at night can be miserable.  The pain can interrupt your sleep and erode your quality of life. Irritability becomes increasingly more common.  What are the causes?  When should I worry about it?  What are the treatment options for arm pain at night? The neck is composed of 7 boney building blocks numbered 1- 7. Sandwiched between the bones is a disc that functions as an important shock absorber. The cervical discs are susceptible to injury due to trauma, degeneration, repetitive motion, and surgery. Common disc injuries include disc bulges, and herniations. The injured disc can compress or irritate one or more nerves resulting in arm pain at night. It can…

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Arm Throbbing

In many patients, irritated neck nerves don’t present as a symptom in the neck. In fact, sometimes the only symptoms of irritated nerves in the neck occur in the arm muscles, as either tightness, throbbing, or both. While the arm throbbing might be frustrating as it’s happening, you might not think a whole lot about it, especially if it only happens on occasion. However, ignoring it is not a good idea since it is often a warning signal of a bigger problem in the neck. These body connections occur all the way back to when we were a fetus, like the neck, shoulder, and arm.

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Cervicalgia / Neck Pain

Cervicalgia is also known as neck pain, which is an all-too-common, unpleasant pain. Read here to learn the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. We will discuss other causes for cervicalgia. What symptoms are associated with cervicalgia? How is cervicalgia diagnosed? What are the treatment options for cervicalgia? Cervicalgia is a medical term used to describe neck pain. It is very common and affects approximately 2/3 of the population at some point in their life. Cervicalgia is the 4th major cause of disability. Risk factors include injury, prior history of neck and musculoskeletal pain, jobs that require a lot of desk work, low social support, job insecurity, physical weakness, and poor computer station setup.

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Left Arm Numbness

Treatment depends upon the underlying cause of the arm numbness. Left-arm numbness is a warning sign that requires attention. As noted above unexplained numbness requires immediate attention. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, we are experts in the treatment of left-arm numbness due to cervical nerve irritation, cervical stenosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and peripheral nerve injuries. When appropriate first-line treatment should involve conservative care including physical therapy and stretching. Steroid injections should be avoided as they are toxic to orthopedic tissue and can accelerate damage. Surgery for Cervical Stenosis and Thoracic…

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Motor Issues

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition caused by compression of a cervical nerve root, which can result in pain and sensorimotor deficits. Nerve roots are mixed nerves which are responsible for sensory and motor function.  There are eight cervical nerve roots that branch off from the spinal cord, labeled from C1-C8. Each cervical nerve root supplies a particular region of skin, called a dermatome,and innervates certain groups of muscles, called a myotome. When the cervical nerve root is compressed, the sensory supply to the dermatome in the upper limb can be altered. This can lead to pain, decreased sensation, the feeling of pins and needles, and even numbness. This can also coincide with muscle weakness, and a decreased reflex response.

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Muscle Pain After Cervical Fusion Surgery

Cervical Fusion is a major surgery that involves joining one or more of the spinal bones together using screws, bolts, and plates (1). The hardware may be placed in the front (anterior) or the back( posterior) of the cervical spine. The disc between the spinal bones is often times removed and replaced with a bone graft or a spacer. The neck of composed of 7 boney building blocks that are numbered from 1-7. The letter C is associated with the numbers to designate the cervical spine. Hence the bones in the neck are C1 through C7. Sandwiched between neck bones are important shock absorbers called discs. A cervical fusion surgery removes…

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Neck Pain And Dizziness

Our body’s balancing system is compromised of three separate systems that work closely together to keep the body in balance: the eyes, inner ear, and upper cervical spine. The upper cervical spine contains and processes information about your position in space and communicates this information to your eyes and inner ears via nerves. There is a constant highway of electrical signals between the cervical spine, inner ear, and eyes that keep us upright, make us aware of our position and enable us to walk, move and run. This balancing system requires the inner ear, eyes and cervical spine to be operational…

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Neck Spasms

Typically they involve the entire neck but may be more intense on one side leading to an involuntary rotation of the neck.  Neck spasm and neck pain are common as 2/3rd of all people will experience it at some time.  It occurs most often during middle age with women being affected more than men. muscle tightness.  The neck muscles may feel hard or knotted to the touch.  When severe it may be difficult to bend or rotate the neck due to pain and muscle tightness.  The pain may extend down into the shoulders or up into the base of the skull with the onset of a headache.

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Pain In Left Side Of Neck

Almost everyone has experienced a sore or stiff Neck at some point. The overall prevalence of Neck pain ranges from 04. to 86.8% of the general population (1). Read more to learn the signs, symptoms, causes of treatment options for pain in the left side of Neck. Neck pain can arise from a number of different conditions. Common causes of minor, intermittent Neck pain include fatigue, improper sleeping position, stress and overactivity. If neck pain persists it is a warning sign that you may have a problem that warrants investigation. Think of it as the red engine light on your car. It is warning that if left unchecked can progress to serious and expensive consequences.

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Shoulder Pain Radiating Down Arm to Fingers

Common Cervical Radiculopathy symptoms include neck pain, arm pain, shoulder pain radiating down arm to fingers, numbness, tingling, and weakness. Cervical Radiculopathy is a clinical condition in which a nerve or nerves in your neck become irritated or compressed. It is also known as ” a pinched nerve,” The causes are discussed below. It can affect individuals of any age with peak prominence between ages 40-50 years of age. Cervical Radiculopathy is due to spinal nerve inflammation, irritation, or compression. The most common causes of Cervical Radiculopathy are: Disc Injury – The disc is an important shock absorber. Unfortunately, it is susceptible to injury.

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Stiff Neck

A painful stiff neck affects one in three people every year, and is most prevalent in the 35-49-year age group. It causes significant disability for all those affected, but is more commonly seen in women. A stiff neck can be a symptom of vascular disease, inflammatory disorders, infection, and malignancy. Therefore, it needs to be evaluated properly before any treatment begins. In this article, we’ll discuss what causes a painful stiff neck, how to diagnose it, and some common treatments.

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Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy


One can be at greater risk of cervical radiculopathy with age. It is of most common onset in the 40s and 50s.

Age is a risk factor just because, as we get older, there are more opportunities to have these injuries that compile repetitive use stress, and our natural ability to heal lessens.

Obesity, Diabetes, or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obesity, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis can predispose to a higher incidence of cervical radiculopathy as well.


Smoking also can be a major risk factor.

Traumatic Injuries

Traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, whiplash, etc. can cause injury to the cervical bones, disks, and joints that can lead to pinching of the nerve or cervical radiculopathy.

Also, minor injuries that build up over time such as those with exercise, activities, minor falls can be related as well. Nerve stretch injuries such as rapid neck or shoulder movements or trauma, like from a football stinger, can be a cause of cervical radiculopathy, as well.

Can You Prevent Cervical Radiculopathy?

For most medical problems especially in the musculoskeletal system, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of treatment. A key thing to help prevent cervical radiculopathy is maintaining adequate posture, alignment, and ergonomics.

Living in the westernized world, this can be difficult with a lot of texting, phone and device use, computer work, long periods of sitting or inactivity.

Staying active and strong with regular physical activity or exercise programs can be helpful. Keeping one’s weight and metabolic conditions down through healthy eating and avoidance of smoking can help with prevention. Doing proper warm-ups and cool-downs before and after activities can be helpful. Maintaining some preventative muscle work such as postural therapy, maintenance chiropractic, massage could be helpful.

When Should You See Your Doctor?

If any of the following 6 items pertain to you, you should see a doctor:

  1. You should see your doctor if you are having pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness that is persistent and lasting longer than a few days up to a few weeks despite conservative measures.
  2. Certainly, if you are having weakness, especially with rapid onset or that is worsening, you should go see your doctor right away.
  3. If you are getting associated symptoms such as difficulty with urination or bowel movements, bowel and bladder accidents, leg pain or weakness, severe arm weakness, you should see your doctor right away.
  4. If you have tried 6 weeks or so of conservative therapy and things are not improving.
  5. If anything is rapidly getting worse.

How Do Doctors Diagnose Cervical Radiculopathy?

1. The first step in a doctor’s diagnosis will be taking a detailed history asking you about the onset, duration, history, characterization and quality of your symptoms, taking an overall medical history and family history.

2. A detailed physical examination will be a key component of the diagnosis.

3. The doctor may look for decreased sensation in the neck and upper extremity.

4. They will check reflexes to see if there are any asymmetries in reflexes.

5. They will check strength to see if there is a weakness that you may or may not perceive.

6. They can do a specialized test such as a Spurling’s maneuver where you extend your head and rotate with compression and see if it reproduces your symptoms.

7. They will palpate tender areas around the neck, nerves in the shoulders to see if they are painful.

Imaging Modalities


X-rays can show bony pathology such as fractures, can give clues to disk space, bone spurs, and joint arthritis.

Digital Motion X-Ray

A specialized x-ray called a digital motion x-ray can do this, in addition, to taking pictures with the patient moving their head so this is a much better test to look for dynamic instability in the neck that can be contributing to pinching of the nerves and damage to other structures.


An MRI can be used as the best test to visualize the soft tissues such as the disks, the nerves, joint cartilage, and muscles.

CT Scan

Rarely a CT may be used if you cannot get an MRI or if the doctor is highly considering surgery and wants detailed pictures of the bony anatomy.


Another test that can be used is nerve conduction studies and electromyography or NCS/EMG. This test can be helpful when there is severe irritation or damage to the nerves and is pretty specific. However, this test can be painful and is not very sensitive, meaning only more severe nerve injuries are typically picked up with an EMG. It also can help decipher cervical radiculopathy from nerve injuries elsewhere like in the carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve, or other peripheral nerves.

Common Treatments of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy can be treated with conservative and invasive measures as well as surgery as a last resort.

Home therapies

1. Initial home therapies might just be relative rest, stretching, massage, heat, ice, taking anti-inflammatory supplements like turmeric, fish oil, etc.

2. Other conservative measures would be seeing a licensed professional such as a physical therapist. A good physical therapist will evaluate you, work on posture, alignment, any muscle asymmetries, help with your posture, and work on relaxing tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles.

3. Other similar modalities might be Egoscue therapy, muscle activation technique or MAT, myofascial release, rolfing, chiropractic care including gentle manipulation, cervical traction or cervical decompression.

4. Sometimes a cervical collar can be used. Collars can be a soft collar or a hard collar for more restriction in range of motion. Typically, you do not want to wear a collar for too long as this can weaken the muscles that support the neck, but sometimes collars might be highly indicated if there is a more severe injury with instability.



Supplements such as turmeric, fish oil, glucosamine chondroitin, and tart cherry juice can help reduce inflammation and help with the pain.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Over-the-counter prescriptions such as Acetaminophen or Tylenol can help pain. Tylenol is mostly safe unless taken in doses more than 1000mg at a time or more than 3000mg in a day. However, this can increase the risks of liver failure and death.


Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, Aleve, etc over the counter or prescription NSAIDs like Celebrex or meloxicam, etc. can be tried. They help with pain and inflammation and can be taken for a few days or a week. However, they should not be taken too long or often as they many risks. These include: stomach upset, GI bleeds, kidney or liver problems, reducing the body’s ability to heal, and increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.

A course of oral steroids can be used to reduce inflammation. However, these are very powerful and dangerous drugs that come with a host of side effects, and the longer one uses them the higher the risk of severe side effects such as bone death or osteonecrosis, hormonal problems, weight gain, increase in blood sugars, bone loss, and inhibiting healing mechanisms. These are not recommended for these reasons.

Narcotic Pain Medication

Sometimes narcotic pain medications can be used, but these have significant risk of addiction and death in high doses and really should only be used for temporary severe acute pain or pain post-surgery or post a procedure.

Injections into the Cervical Spine

Steroidal Injections

Typical physicians might perform injections with the goal to diagnose the problem by injecting numbing medicine around a suspected nerve or joint that is causing pain. Also, injections can be steroid injections that help reduce inflammation around the nerve or joint that can temporarily help with the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy. The problem is that these are short-lived solutions that do not fix the underlying cause. They do have risks, especially the more these are repeated including bone loss, inhibiting healing mechanisms, etc. These should not be repeated often or frequently.

Orthobiologic Injections (PRP and Platelet Lysate)

Newer injections to help patients heal more naturally would be orthobiologics. These are substances that are not medication but stimulate the innate healing mechanisms of the body. A common one would be platelet-based procedures. These would be things such as PRP, and platelet lysate. These blood products contain growth factors that can help to naturally reduce inflammation and stimulate healing response. Since they come from your own body, these are safe to use and do not have any of the side effects as steroids and can provide longer-lasting benefits if using the right hands. For instance, platelet lysate can be used to calm down irritated nerves if injected around them and stimulate nerve repair. PRP can be used around nerves as well. These can be used to treat disk annular tears that can be causing pinching of the nerve and disk pain. They can also be used to treat joint arthritis. PRP can also be used to treat loose ligaments that cause instability leading to pinched nerves, as well.

Surgery for Cervical Radiculopathy

Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion

Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion or ACDF is the most common surgery for cervical radiculopathy. The surgeon makes an incision through the front of the neck and removes an injured disk, replaces it with a bone graft, and fuses the bones together with more height to relieve pressure off the nerves. This surgery can be helpful, but anytime you fuse an area of the spine you are going to decrease mobility and range of motion. Also, a fusion puts stress on the adjacent levels above and below the fusion leading to further wear and tear of those disks and joints, possibly requiring further surgeries in the future (1).

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Artificial Disk Replacements (ADR)

Artificial Disc Replacements

Artificial disk replacements or ADR. This is a surgery that instead of fusing the bones together, the disk is removed and replaced with an artificial disk. The potential advantage of these is to try to maintain some of the mobility versus fusion. However, studies still show the same risk of adjacent segment disease as described above (2) and the potential for the artificial disk to wear out over 10-20 years requiring revision surgery in the future. Also, they can cause an increase in metal ions in the blood (3).

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Posterior cervical laminectomy or foraminotomy with or without fusion

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

Posterior cervical laminectomy or foraminotomy with or without fusion is a surgery when the doctor goes in from the back and removes some of the bone that is behind the nerves to open up space. This may be done with or without fusion from the back of the neck as well. Without a fusion, this can lead to some further neck instability and muscle weakness, but with fusion, you get more of the risk of adjacent segment disease, higher complications, and is riskier (4). There may not be much additional benefit to fusion.

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What Does Prognosis Typically Look Like?

Typically, the prognosis is good in most patients with cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve.

A lot of patients will resolve their symptoms with conservative measures after several weeks but can take up to 4-6 months as well. For problems that are not helped with conservative measures, injection-based therapies will likely be needed to help resolve the issue. Steroid-type injections will need to be repeated more frequently whereas PRP and bone marrow concentrate procedures with stem cells typically provide longer-lasting results and need to be repeated less frequently.

If there is a condition where surgery is absolutely needed, the earlier the surgical intervention, the better. However, in most cases, surgery is not absolutely needed. Thus, surgical intervention is usually not required.

Is Surgery the Best Treatment Option?

Surgery should be a last resort treatment option only with the exception being a condition caused by cervical myelopathy, which is a condition where the spinal cord is getting a direct injury. This is more of a surgical emergency and needs immediate surgical care.

The next reason for surgery would be a direct mechanical injury to the nerve where there is large disk herniation or bone spur that is directly pressing on the nerve causing radiculopathy meaning that the patient has nerve injury causing severe pain and weakness that is not improving or getting worse over a short period of time. This would be a high surgical candidate as well.

In most cases, however, the nerves are getting chemical irritation from less space around them from disk bulge and protrusion, herniation, bone spurs, joint swelling, or instability, in which case conservative care or injection therapy would be the best first-line therapies to try.

However, far too often patients are being offered surgery as the first line of therapy without mechanical symptoms without trying physical therapy or with trying physical therapy but not injection-based therapies or not trying PRP or bone marrow concentrate with stem cells first. Performing surgery perform exhausting all other safer methods increases the need for unnecessary and expensive, and invasive surgeries that have many potential risks and down the road complications.

Deep Dive Into All Treatment Options

ACDF Surgery

ACDF stands for “anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.” It is a surgical procedure performed on the neck to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots caused by a damaged or degenerated disc. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged disc and replaces it with a bone graft or synthetic implant. Metal plates and screws may be used to hold the vertebrae together during the fusion process. ACDF surgery can help relieve symptoms such as neck pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or hands caused by nerve compression in the neck. It is a commonly performed procedure…

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy And Fusion (ACDF) For Neck Pain

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery is a surgical procedure used to treat cervical radiculopathy in the neck region. It is also an effective treatment for those with severe neck pain due to spondylosis, tumors, fractures, and herniated discs. There are two stages of the ACDF surgery: discectomy and spinal fusion. In an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery, the diseased disc is first removed and a bone graft is inserted in its place. The graft is then held in place by a plate and fused with the cervical vertebra above and below.

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Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

The neck pain started out as a dull ache but steadily progressed. It becomes constant and oftentimes keeps you up at night. Turning your head can send an electrical current down your arm. Rest, medications and physical therapy failed to provide much relief. Your doctor referred you to a pain clinic for a Cervical Epidural steroid injection. The injection was performed at an ambulatory surgical center. Unfortunately, the pain is now worse. What is a Cervical Epidural injection? Are there different types of Cervical Epidural injections? What are…

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Cervical Fusion

Cervical Fusion is often recommended when chronic neck pain problems worsen over time. What exactly is it? Cervical Fusion is a major surgery that involves joining one or more of the spinal bones together using screws, bolts, and plates (1). The hardware may be placed in the front (anterior) or the back( posterior) of the Cervical spine. The disc between the spinal bones is often times removed and replaced with a bone graft or a spacer. The neck of composed of 7 boney building blocks that are numbered from 1-7. The letter C is associated with the numbers to designate the Cervical Spine.

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Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation

Cervical radiofrequency ablation is used to treat cervical facet mediated pain.  Cervical facet pain can come in many types of pain from muscle spasms, neck pain, shoulder pain, sharp, stabbing, throbbing, deep ache, upper back pain, mid back pain, headaches, and much more.  Pain is generated by several small nerves that innervate the facet joint (medial branch nerves).  Radiofrequency ablation is a technique used by traditional interventional pain management physicians.  Cervical Radiofrequency ablation burns the nerves (medial branches) that innervates the facet joints to cut off the pain signal.

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Facet Joint Injections

A facet joint injection is a common medical procedure utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of facet joint injuries. It can be performed in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and may involve one or more facet joints. A facet injection involves the placement of a needle under an x-ray or ultrasound directly into the targeted facet joint and the administration of medication. The injected medicine goes directly into the joint and for this reason, some may refer to a facet injection as an intra-articular facet injection. Intra-articular refers to within the joint. The procedure can be diagnostic or therapeutic.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP is short for platelet-rich plasma, and it is autologous blood with concentrations of platelets above baseline values. The potential benefit of platelet-rich plasma has received considerable interest due to the appeal of a simple, safe, and minimally invasive method of applying growth factors. PRP treatments are a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the blood healing factors to help the body repair itself by means of injecting PRP into the damaged tissue. In regenerative orthopedics, it is typically used for the treatment of muscle strains, tears, ligament and tendon tears, minor arthritis, and joint instability. There have been more than 30 randomized controlled trials of PRP…

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Prolotherapy Injections

It has been successful in the treatment of many disorders including neck, shoulder, knee, and ankle pain. Dr. Centeno recently published an article in The Journal of Prolotherapy in which he discusses the use of x-ray guidance with prolotherapy. This ensures that the injection is in the correct place to maximize clinical results. Dr. Centeno discusses the use of prolotherapy for the treatment of neck, knee, sacroiliac joint, ankle, ischial tuberosity, and shoulder pain. At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic x-ray guided prolotherapy is just one of the therapies utilized in the successful treatment of pain. Regenerative injection therapy (RIT) or prolotherapy…

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We Can Help You the Centeno-Schultz Clinic Way

Doctors at Centeno-Schultz Clinic That Treats Cervical Radiculopathy

Christopher J. Centeno, MD

Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in Interventional Orthopedics and the clinical use of bone marrow concentrate in orthopedics. He is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty of pain medicine through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Centeno is one of the few physicians in the world with extensive experience in the culture expansion of and clinical use of adult bone marrow concentrate to treat orthopedic injuries. His clinic incorporates a variety of revolutionary pain management techniques to bring its broad patient base relief and results. Dr. Centeno treats patients from all over the US who…

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John Schultz, MD

John R. Schultz M.D. is a national expert and specialist in Interventional Orthopedics and the clinical use of bone marrow concentrate for orthopedic injuries. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and underwent fellowship training in both. Dr. Schultz has extensive experience with same day as well as culture expanded bone marrow concentrate and sees patients at the CSC Broomfield, Colorado Clinic, as well the Regenexx Clinic in Grand Cayman. Dr. Schultz emphasis is on the evaluation and treatment of thoracic and cervical disc, facet, nerve, and ligament injuries including the non-surgical treatment of Craniocervical instability (CCI). Dr. Schultz trained at George Washington School of…

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John Pitts, M.D.

Dr. Pitts is originally from Chicago, IL but is a medical graduate of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. After Vanderbilt, he completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The focus of PM&R is the restoration of function and quality of life. In residency, he gained much experience in musculoskeletal medicine, rehabilitation, spine, and sports medicine along with some regenerative medicine. He also gained significant experience in fluoroscopically guided spinal procedures and peripheral injections. However, Dr. Pitts wanted to broaden his skills and treatment options beyond the current typical standards of care.

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Jason Markle, D.O.

Post-residency, Dr. Markle was selected to the Interventional Orthopedic Fellowship program at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic. During his fellowship, he gained significant experience in the new field of Interventional Orthopedics and regenerative medicine, honing his skills in advanced injection techniques into the spine and joints treating patients with autologous, bone marrow concentrate and platelet solutions. Dr. Markle then accepted a full-time attending physician position at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, where he both treats patients and trains Interventional Orthopedics fellows. Dr. Markle is an active member of the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation and serves as a course instructor, where he trains physicians from around the world.

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Brandon T. Money, D.O., M.S.

Dr. Money is an Indiana native who now proudly calls Colorado home. He attended medical school at Kansas City University and then returned to Indiana to complete a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at Indiana University, where he was trained on non-surgical methods to improve health and function as well as rehabilitative care following trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, etc. Dr. Money has been following the ideology behind Centeno-Schultz Clinic and Regenexx since he was in medical school, as he believed there had to be a better way to care for patients than the status quo. The human body has incredible healing capabilities…

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