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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


Dr. Arin Nandi

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