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Lawrence Laton Trimmell, DDS
(620) 728-0888
1625 N Lorraine St
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Lee R Dorey, MD
(620) 664-6774
2100 N Waldron St Ste 5
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Timothy Paul Schweitzer, MD
(316) 213-8099
1818 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1999

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Erik L Severud
(620) 662-6000
1818 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Jonathan J Loewen
(620) 662-6000
1818 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Tariq B M Niazi, MD
(620) 669-6621
1100 N Main St
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Khyber Med Coll, Univ Of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1978

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Samuel Michael Bourn, MD
(620) 694-4218
2101 N Waldron St
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr.Erik Severud
(620) 662-6000
1818 East 23rd Avenue
Hutchinson, KS
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M
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: Hutchinson Hosp Corp, Hutchinson, Ks
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Robert Thomas Morrison, DDS
(620) 662-3255
1000 E 30th Ave
Hutchinson, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Erik Lawrence Severud, MD
(620) 662-6000
1818 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Hutchinson Hosp Corp, Hutchinson, Ks; Kansas Surgery & Recovery Ctr, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Advanced Orthopaedic Assoc

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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

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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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