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Radiculopathy

Home » Conditions » Radiculopathy

 

Radiculopathy

Get Back to a Pain-Free Spine

Radiculopathy is not a disorder in itself, but rather a collection of symptoms that stem from a problem with a compressed or inflamed nerve root. Common causes of radiculopathy include disc herniation, bone spur, foraminal stenosis, arthritis, and musculoskeletal insufficiency, often caused by poor posture, improper stretching, carrying extra body weight and not eating properly.

Though radiculopathy can occur anywhere along the spine, it most often occurs in the cervical (upper) and lumbar (lower) part of the back. Regardless, the pain originates in the spine and travels along the nerve root, exuding pain in other parts of the body and emanating muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in the body’s extremities.

 

Prevention

Reduce your risk.

Preventing radiculopathy is a matter of pinched nerve prevention and reducing unwarranted stress that increases the burden placed on your spine, neck and back.

Though you can’t avoid age and the natural progression of spinal deterioration, there are certain lifestyle choices that you can take to help improve your spine’s overall health and to help prevent avoidable sources of nerve compression.

These steps include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Participate in low-impact exercise regularly to increase spinal strength
  • Stretch daily to improve the flexibility of the neck and back
  • Practice ergonomic techniques & proper lifting techniques
 
 

Symptoms

Pinpoint your pain.

Radiculopathy symptoms vary widely, but often include the following:

  • Pain that radiates along a nerve, ranging from dull and throbbing, to sharp and exact
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Loss of reflex or motor function
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the upper and/or lower extremities
 

Diagnosis

Get the answers you need.

Radiculopathy is generally diagnosed through a visit to a physician, where he or she will determine the origin of the discomfort, carefully review the patient’s medical background, and order an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to precisely determine the exact location of the affected nerve root.

 
 

Treatment

Life’s too short to put up with pain.

Treatment for radiculopathy begins in the initial pain control phase of treatment, where patients find relief through heating pads, stretching, local icing, over-the-counter or prescription medications, or attainment of efficient spinal rest.The next treatment step is to work on actually improving the condition. Orthopaedic physician Robert A. Kayal, MD and his team of experts treat radiculopathy with an array of innovative procedures that are designed to ease the symptoms of radiculopathy, such as physical therapy, trigger point injections, laser therapy, etc.If spinal pain worsens—or is caused by another spinal disorder—a Kayal Orthopaedic surgeon may recommend injection therapy to relieve the inflammation of the nerves or minimally invasive surgery to free the nerves by opening the passageway where the nerves exit the spinal canal.

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