Cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve occurs when neck pain spreads all the way into your shoulders or arms.
This pain and discomfort is the result of an injury near a spinal nerve root.
For example, an injury to the vertebrae or disks in your neck (your cervical vertebrae) could result in pain, numbness or weakness in your shoulder, arm, wrist or hand. That's because the nerves that extend out from between the cervical vertebrae provide sensation and trigger movement in these areas.
Cervical radiculopathy is a very common occurence.