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Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy Protocol-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Acute Phase:

Goals: Reduce pain and inflammation, improve postural awareness, adjustment of body mechanics and ergonomics, increase cervical PROM and AROM

  • Reduce pain and inflammation through modalities (ice, TENS, IFC, heat, ultrasound)
  • Soft tissue mobilization to address cervical mm spasms, tension, and tenderness
  • Cervical and thoracic joint mobilizations (grades I and II for pain modulation and III and IV for increasing joint mobility)
  • Postural education
  • Stretching and postural mm strengthening as appropriate

Subacute/Chronic Phase:

  • Continue to progress cervical AROM/PROM as pain and mm tension, tenderness, and flexibility improve 
  • Progress with postural mm strengthening 


Standard of Care: Cervical Radiculopathy. Brigham and Women's Hospital Web site.