Here is a quick mnemonic ” RADICULOPATHY “ to remember about Neck Pain Without Radiculopathy.
This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams
Neck pain without radiculopathy refers to pain and discomfort in the neck area that is not accompanied by any nerve-related symptoms such as tingling, numbness, or weakness in the arms or hands. This type of neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain or injury, stress, and degenerative changes in the cervical spine.
Neck Pain Without Radiculopathy : How To Remember Easily ?
- R – “Remarkably similar approach” to neck pain treatment as with LBP
- A – Acute neck pain often treated with NSAIDs, acetaminophen, cold packs, or heat
- D – “Drowsiness-promoting” cyclobenzaprine may relieve muscle spasm in patients kept awake by symptoms
- I – In supervised exercise with or without mobilization is effective for neck pain unassociated with trauma
- C – Cervical spine mobilization and exercise programs may be beneficial for whiplash-associated disorders
- U – Ultrasound, TENS, and other treatments have insufficient evidence for acute or chronic neck pain
- L – “Limited quality” evidence for non-surgical treatments for whiplash-associated disorders
- O – Option for short-term benefit: acupuncture for chronic neck pain
- P – Spinal manipulation alone not effective and carries a risk for injury
- A – “Avoid unrealistic fear” and inappropriate requests for imaging and other tests for favorable natural history of acute neck pain
- T – Traction, trigger point injections, and other treatments have insufficient evidence for acute or chronic neck pain
- H – “High risk for injury” surgical treatment not recommended for chronic neck pain without radiculopathy or spine instability
- Y – “Yes” to supervised exercise programs for chronic neck pain relief and improved function
Mnemonic : RADICULOPATHY