MUSCULAR TENDER POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

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.
Source:
APMR – July 2005;86:1333-7. http://www.archives-pmr.org/

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