Cervical radiculopathy causes pain that starts in the neck and radiates to the shoulder, arm, forearm, or hand. The pain is often described as shooting, electricity, burning, or aching. Patients can also experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the effected arm or hand.
Cervical myelopathy is spinal cord dysfunction caused by pressure/compression of the spinal cord in the neck. Symptoms can include balance problems, hand clumsiness, weakness in hands or legs, or numbness in hands or legs. In most cases symptoms progress in a stepwise fashion, but some patients have a more rapid decline.