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Jean Denise Basta
(307) 632-9261
2301 House Ave
Cheyenne, WY
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Meade Davis III, MD
(307) 634-0871
6020 Yellowstone Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Orthopedics, Aerospace Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: United Med Ctr -West, Cheyenne, Wy
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Mark Richard Rangitsch, MD
(307) 632-9261
2301 House Ave
Cheyenne, WY
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Bruce D. Smith
(307) 635-2562
4028 Laramie Street
Cheyenne, WY
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Mark Richard Rangitsch
(307) 632-9261
2301 House Ave
Cheyenne, WY
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W Reckling
(307) 632-6637
800 E 20th St
Cheyenne, WY
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Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Duane M Kline, MD
(307) 632-3694
2812 Pine Dr
Cheyenne, WY
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1946

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Michael Pete Kuhn
(307) 778-0922
5307 Yellowstone Rd
Cheyenne, WY
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Dr.RICHARD Torkelson
(307) 632-9261
2301 House Ave # 505
Cheyenne, WY
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M
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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(307) 632-6637
800 East 20th St # 300
Cheyenne, WY
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M
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1989
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Cervical Radiculopathy

A Patient's Guide to Cervical Radiculopathy

Introduction

Neck pain has many causes. Mechanical neck pain comes from injury or inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck. This is much different and less concerning than symptoms that come from pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column. People sometimes refer to this problem as a pinched nerve. Health care providers call it cervical radiculopathy.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the problem develops
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what treatment options are available

Anatomy

What part of the neck is involved?

The spine is made of a column of bones. Each bone, or vertebra, is formed by a round block of bone, called a vertebral body. A bony ring attaches to the back of the vertebral body. When the vertebra bones are stacked on top of each other, the bony rings forms a long bony tube that surrounds and protects the spinal cord as it passes through the spine.

Traveling from the brain down through the spinal column, the spinal cord sends out nerve branches through openings on both sides of each vertebra. These openings are called the neural foramina. (The term used to describe a single opening is foramen.)

The intervertebral disc sits directly in front of the opening. A bulged or herniated disc can narrow the opening and put pressure on the nerve. A facet joint sits in back of the foramen. Bone spurs that form on the facet joint can project into the tunnel, narrowing the hole and pinching the nerve.

An intervertebral disc fits between the vertebral bodies and provides a space between the spine bones. The disc normally works like a shock absorber. An intervertebral disc is made of two parts. The center, called the nucleus, is spongy. It provides most of the shock absorption. The nucleus is held in place by the annulus, a series of strong ligament rings surrounding it. Ligaments are strong connective tissues that attach bones to other bones.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Cervical Spine Anatomy

Causes

Why do I have this problem?

Cervical radiculopathy is caused by any condition that puts pressure on the nerves where they leave the spinal column. This is much different than mechanical neck pain. Mechanical neck pain is caused by injury or inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck, such as the discs, facet joints, ligaments, or muscles.

The main causes of cervical radiculopathy include degeneration, disc herniation, and spinal instability.

Degeneration

View animation of degenerative changes

As the spine ages, several changes occur in the bones and soft tissues. The disc loses its water content and begins to collapse, causing the space between the vertebrae to narrow. The added pressure may irritate and inflame the facet joints, causing them to become enlarged. When this happens, the enlarged joints can press against the nerves going to the arm as they try to squeeze through ...

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