Cervical radiculopathy is a clinical condition related to dysfunction of the cervical spinal nerve roots. Signs and symptoms include unilateral neck, shoulder, or arm pain; paresthesias of the arm, forearm or hand; diminished muscle tendon reflexes, sensory disturbances; and/or muscle weakness. Cervical radiculopathy is primarily a clinical diagnosis with patients reporting a varying degree of pain and/or neurologic dysfunction along a nerve root distribution. In addition to a thorough history, a detailed physical exam including muscle strength testing, deep tendon reflex testing and sensory testing should be performed to determine the nerve root involved and to further help determine a course of action for the patient. The current case report demonstrates the impact of a somatic dysfunction component on underlying pathology of cervical spondylosis, likely driving the symptomatic component of cervical radiculopathy. By eliminating the somatic dysfunction components with the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment, the patient's system was able to function maximally within existing structural limitations and the symptoms resolved.

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