Are muscular tender spots associated with cervical radiculopathy? To find out, researchers examined 16 patients with unilateral cervical radiculopathy. Of these, 12 had C7 radiculopathy and 4 had C6 or C8 radiculopathy.
Findings showed that “among subjects with C7 radiculopathy, the number of tender spots in C7 innervated muscles was greater on the side of radiculopathy … . In contrast, no significant difference in the number of tender spots between sides was found when only non-C7 innervated muscles … were considered.”
“Cervical radiculopathy was associated with increased tender spots on the side of radiculopathy, with predilection toward muscles innervated by the involved nerve root,” concludes the study.
APMR – July 2005;86:1333-7. http://www.archives-pmr.org/