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Mark Kenneth Dougherty, DDS
(308) 632-7719
101 E 22nd St
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Thomas Frederick Eastman, MD
(308) 635-1414
2 W 42nd St Ste 120
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1981

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Bryan Eric Scheer, MD
(308) 630-8900
3911 Ave B Medical Plaza South Ste 3400
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1998

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James J Simpson
(308) 635-1414
2 W 42nd St Ste 120
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedic Surgery

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James Joseph Simpson, MD
(308) 635-1414
2 W 42nd St Ste 120
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Regional West Med Ctr, Scottsbluff, Ne
Group Practice: Scottsbluff Orthopedic Assoc

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John Arnold Des Enfants, DDS
(308) 632-2433
2400 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Diane Elaine Gilles, MD
(308) 635-1414
2 W 42nd St Ste 120
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Garden County Hospital, Oshkosh, Ne; Memorial Health Center, Sidney, Ne; Regional West Med Ctr, Scottsbluff, Ne
Group Practice: Scottsbluff Orthopedic Assoc

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Wendell Fred Ropp, MD
(308) 635-1414
2 W 42nd St Ste 120
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1965

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Calvin M Oba, MD
(308) 630-8215
2100 Circle Dr Apt 215
Scottsbluff, NE
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Calvin M Oba, MD FACS
(308) 630-8215
2100 Circle Dr
Scottsbluff, NE
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Medical School: Colorado
Graduation Year: 1952

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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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