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Cervical radiculopathy advice

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ubu · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 0

I recently received a preliminary diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy based on a positive Sperling's test while doing PT for neck/shoulder pain.  I wasn't too worried about it since I was making good progress with the PT, but last weekend while climbing my favorite 10b I was shocked to find that I couldn't pull the key move, and quickly realized that I had lost more than half of my grip strength in one hand.  I'm waiting on MRI results now, but am assuming the worst (arthritis / spondylosis resulting in a compressed nerve root), and trying to understand my options for treatment.  Has anyone gone through some form of spinal decompression surgery for cervical radiculopathy?  I would love to hear about your experience, especially recovery time, and recover level from the perspective of a climber.

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