n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Brachialgia : cervical radiculopathy and differential diagnosis

Volume 29, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Brachialgia or upper limb pain can be due to pathologies of the joints, soft tissue and to referred pain from nerve compression. Thus the primary care physician has to entertain a wide differential when a patient presents with such a complaint. A careful history and examination is required to differentiate between the possible causes of the pain. Although appropriate special investigations may be required, they often cause confusion due to frequent co-existence of degenerative conditions, which may in fact be asymptomatic.

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