Cervical radiculitis is characterized by the compression of nerve roots in the upper part of the spine. The "cervical" spine consists of the first seven vertebrae, starting from the bottom of the skull. Radiculitis occurs when the spinal disc presses against the nerves that connect to the spinal cord. Because the spinal nerves branch out to other areas of the body, the symptoms of cervical radiculitis can be felt in other places besides the location of the affected disc and nerve root. Depending on which disc is affected, you may feel pain in the arms, chest, neck, or shoulders. Other symptoms can include numb fingers and weak muscles in the arms and chest.