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Brachalgia

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What is it?

Brachalgia refers to the arm pain induced due to the pinching of the spinal cord and nerve roots in the cervical spine. This can be caused by degenerative disc disease, disc prolapse, osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease.

Symptoms

• Neck Pain • Neck Stiffness • Weakness in the neck, shoulders and/or arms • Numbness or tingling in the neck, shoulders or arms

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

You should see your GP if symptoms are severe, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms. If you are concerned that there is rapid change in your symptoms, please consider attending an emergency medical service.

How is it diagnosed?

A physical examination by your GP is usually enough to diagnose brachalgia based on your strength and range of movements. If further treatment is required, an MRI or CT scan may be ordered.