Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hospitalized | Inquirer News
Close  

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hospitalized

By: - Reporter / @cynchdbINQ
/ 05:01 AM June 17, 2011

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was confined on Thursday at the St. Lukes’ Medical Center in Quezon City for cervical radiculopathy, a neck ailment.

She was scheduled to have a meeting with her constituents at Pampanga’s 2nd district on Friday and later an interview with House reporters but postponed them after complaining of severe pain in the neck on Thursday morning.

ADVERTISEMENT

Marilen Lagniton, St. Luke’s vice president for customer affairs, said Arroyo was being attended to by Dr. Juliet Cervantes, a liver specialist and Dr. Mario Ver, an orthopedist.

Elena Bautista-Horn, Arroyo’s spokesperson, assured the public that the ailment was not life threatening.

FEATURED STORIES

According to the University of Maryland Spine Program, cervical radiculopathy results from an irritated or pinched nerve root that supplies sensation to the shoulder or arm. The condition concerns the cervical spine, which consists of the first seven vertebrae just below the skull.

A nerve root leaves the spinal cord and the cervical spine as it travels to the shoulder or arm. However, a nerve root may be irritated or pinched by a herniated disc, which happens when too much pressure is exerted on the intervertebral disc, such as too much neck movement.

Aging discs may also result in the formation of bone spurs that can pinch the nerve root.

Horn could not say if this was the first time Arroyo experienced such a condition, but disclosed that Arroyo would be discharged in the hospital in a few days and then undergo physical therapy which might ease the pain prevent further injury to the neck.

Horn said Arroyo still wanted to attend the celebration of the 40th wedding anniversary of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her husband on June 19.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: aging disc, cervical radiculopathy, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, neck ailment, St. Lukes Medical Center
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.