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Monograph: Musculoskeletal mimics of cervical radiculopathy
Monograph: Musculoskeletal mimics of cervical radiculopathy
Abstract: Musculoskeletal mimics of cervical radiculopathy will be explored in this AANEM monograph. A review of the literature and textbooks was conducted. Musculoskeletal cervical radiculopathy mimics include: (1) head/neck pain, such as neck tension, cervicogenic headache, and temporomandibular disorder; (2) referred pain from shoul-der pathology, such as rotator cuff tears/impingement; (3) elbow region abnormalities, including medial/lateral epicondylitis; (4) wrist/hand conditions, such as DeQuervain0s tenosynovitis and intersection syndrome; (5) muscle connective tissue disorders, including myofascial trigger points; (6) conditions that have decreased range of motion, including frozen shoulder and rounded shoulders with tight pectoral/scalene muscles;(7) conditions with joint hyperlaxity and instability, as seen in post-stroke shoulder subluxation; (8) vascular conditions, such as thoracic outlet syndrome; and (9) auto-nomic controlled soft tissue changes associated with complex regional pain syndrome. Formulating a differential diagnosis and recognizing mimics of cervical radiculopathy can decrease the time between symptom onset and diagnosis/treatment plan.

1) Recognize musculoskeletal mimics of cervical radiculopathy originating from the head/neck, shoulder, elbow/forearm, and wrist/hand regions
2) Recognize musculoskeletal mimics of cervical radiculopathy due to muscle/connective/autonomic causes, vascular/autonomic causes, and biomechanical causes
3) Recognize and be able to assess patients for concurrent cervical radiculopathy and musculoskeletal conditions

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All conflicts of interest have been resolved according to ACCME standards. All authors/planners of this activity had nothing to disclose. 

The AANEM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit expires 07/01/2025.
Faye Y. Chiou-Tan, MD
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Expires on Jul 01, 2025
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Credit Offered:
2 CME Credits
2 CEU Credits
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