The main objectives of treatment are to relieve pain, improve neurologic function, and prevent recurrences.39 None of the commonly recommended nonsurgical therapies for cervical radiculopathy has been tested in randomized, placebo- controlled trials. …. In the absence of red flags suggesting infection or cancer or signs of myelopathy, it is reasonable to defer imaging and treat the patient’s pain with analgesics (usually, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs). …

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Cervical Radiculopathy — NEJM