C7 radiculopathy is generally the misfiring or dysfunctional of a nerve in the cervical spine in your back. Causes are varied and are variably the aftermath of a disc being herniated or a severe injury causing an “exit” nerve to be compressed upon. In the older generations, a decrease in disc height, narrowing of the spine, and points of degeneration at joints along the spine. Continued heavy-lifting, injuries from sports, and poor posture are also common contributors to C7 radiculopathy and its detrimental effects.
The earlier you can get on treatment regimen for cervical radiculopathy the better. Treatments tend to vary according to the severity of it, but there are universal processes that are widely used in the medical community. Moderate rest is advisable; however, for no extended lengths of time.
Being stationary for too long will only hinder the heart’s ability to efficiently deliver blood to the supporting muscles, thus making recovery all the more painful and possibly even producing countering effects. A qualified physical therapist will be able to accurately pinpoint the exact muscles and tissues that need to be worked on. Doing so relieves stress off spinal nerves.
There are, however, a few standards that are widely recognized as very efficient in dealing with radiculopathy. You should, as much as possible, keep the neck as straight as possible and avoid extending and turning it radically. Refrain as much as possible from extended repetitive neck movements or heavy objects. A cervical collar, issued by a physical therapist or doctor, can greatly help with limiting the motion of your neck, keeping it stable and providing comfort simultaneously.
If needed, ask your doctor if anti-inflammatory medication can be prescribed and used. Oral medicines have also been proven to significantly reduce pain and weakness and to help in keeping the evasive effects of compression at bay. Your physical therapist can also provide a pivotal role in assigning you case-specific range of motion and exercises that will strengthen the neck and shoulders and greatly aid the body in its healing process.