Cervical radiculopathy is the damage or disturbance of nerve function. It usually occurs if one of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae is compressed. Damage to nerve roots in the cervical area can cause pain and the loss of sensation along the nerve's pathway into the arm and hand, depending on where the damaged roots are located.

Such kind of damage can occur as a result of pressure from material from a ruptured disc or degenerative changes in bones. Additionally,  arthritis or other injuries that put pressure on the nerve roots can also be reason behind the damage.  It is very common in middle-aged people that  normal degenerative changes in the discs occur but it can cause pressure on nerve roots. In younger people, cervical radiculopathy tends to be the result of a ruptured disc, perhaps as a result of trauma. This disc material then compresses or inflames the nerve root, causing pain.

In other words, cervical radiculopathy is described as pain in a radicular pattern in one or both upper extremities related to compression and/or irritation of one or more cervical nerve roots. The person suffering from it is usually going through varying degrees of sensory, motor and reflex changes as well as dysesthesias and paresthesias related to nerve root(s) without evidence of spinal cord dysfunction, also known as myelopathy. It is commonly caused by disc herniation and spondylosis.

Cervical Radiculopathy ICD-9 Code

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Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy

The symptoms are often self-limited and resolve spontaneously without specific treatment. Symptom length is variable. Following are some symptoms which indicate that you might have Cervical Radiculopathy, such as :
  • Pain that spreads into the arm, neck, chest, upper back and/or shoulders.
  • Muscle weakness and/or numbness or tingling in fingers or hands.
  • Deltoid weakness, scapular winging, weakness of the intrinsic muscles of the hand, chest or deep breast pain.
  • Lack of coordination, especially in the hands.

Treatments of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy may be treated with different remedies. Important ones include:
  • A combination of powerful anti-inflammatory drugs  such as corticosteroids,
  • Non-steroidal pain medication like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Physical therapy, that might include gentle cervical traction and mobilization, exercises, and other modalities to reduce pain.
  • Steroids may be prescribed either orally or injected epidurally
  • Surgery may be necessary, if significant compression on the nerve exists.

ICD-9 Code for Cervical Radiculopathy

You might know that ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. ICD-9-CM 723.4 is used for Cervical Radiculopathy including Brachia neuritis or radiculitis; cervical radiculitis, radicular symdrome of upper limbs. It applies to:
  • Cervical radiculitis
  • Radicular syndrome of upper limbs

ICD-10 Code for Cervical Radiculopathy

On convert to ICD-10-CM, 723.4 converts approximately to ICD-10-CM M54.12 Radiculopathy, cervical region  or ICD-10-CM M54.13 Radiculopathy, cervicothoracic region.

Approximate Synonyms

 They include:
  • Bilat ulnar neuritis
  • Bilateral ulnar neuritis
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Brachial plexus neuralgia
  • Brachial radiculitis
  • cervical (neck) disc disorder w radiculopathy
  • cervical (neck) disc disorder w radiculopathy of spine
  • Cervical (neck) radiculitis
  • Cervical (neck) radiculopathy
  • Cervical disc disorder w radiculopathy
  • Cervical disc disorder w radiculopathy of cervicothoracic spine
  • Cervical disc disorder w radiculopathy of occipitatlantoaxial spine
  • Cervical disc disorder w radiculopathy, midcervical
  • Cervical disc disorder with radiculopathy
  • Cervical nerve root pain
  • Cervical radiculitis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical root neuropathy
  • Cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy
  • Cervicobrachial neuralgia
  • Cervicothoracic disc disorder with radiculopathy
  • Cervicothoracic radiculopathy
  • Left brachial neuritis
  • Left brachial radiculitis
  • Left ulnar neuritis
  • Midcervical disc disorder with radiculopathy
  • Multiple-level cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy
  • Neuralgia of arm
  • Neuralgia of left arm
  • Neuralgia of left upper limb
  • Neuralgia of right arm
  • Neuralgia of right upper limb
  • Neuralgia of upper limb
  • Occipitoatlantoaxial disc disorder with radiculopathy
  • Occipitoatlantoaxial radiculopathy
  • Radiculitis, brachial
  • Radiculopathy of cervicothoracic spine
  • Radiculopathy of occipitatlantoaxial spine
  • Right brachial neuritis
  • Right brachial radiculitis
  • Right ulnar neuritis
  • Ulnar neuritis

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