When a nerve root in the cervical spine is damaged or inflamed, it results in a change in your neurological function. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. There are many side effects of the condition, such as pain, numbness, burning or altered reflexes in the arms and hands, as the nerve root passes through the neck into the shoulder and then your arms. You may also feel like an ant biting you, burning or shock-like pain your hands or arms due to it.
Cervical radiculopathy can be caused by a lot of conditions such as a bone spur or cervical herniated disc, which damaged or inflamed the nerve root. Even an infection or tumor can cause cervical radiculopathy, but it is very rare.
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