How to Diagnose Cervical Radiculopathy?
Dr. Braxton will collect a thorough patient history and conduct a physical exam. The physical exam may include an assessment of range of motion and strength of the neck. Dr. Braxton will also ask about any worsening symptoms, change in reflexes, or loss of sensation.
Medical imaging such as an MRI, X-rays or CT scan may be required to accurately evaluate internal structure. This imaging will help identify any narrowing of the foramen, nerve opening and evidence of soft tissue degeneration such as a bulging, herniated disc. Dr. Braxton may also conduct a nerve conduction study using an EMG to evaluate nerve impulse both during contraction and rest.