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What is Radiculitis?

Radiculitis, also known as radiating pain, is ultimately a sign that a nerve or nerve root along the spinal column is compressed from some sort of injury or inflammation. It is a common symptom of many spinal conditions and manifests itself as pain that seems to radiate down an entire arm or leg.

What are The Causes of Radiculitis?

Radiculitis could relate to any of the many spinal conditions that place pressure on the spinal nerves. Disc herniations, bone spurs (osteophytes), and thickening of surrounding ligaments are the most common radiculitis causes. The other conditions may include spinal stenosis, damaged intervertebral discs, degeneration of the spine, and spinal instabilities such as spondylolisthesis or scoliosis. Additionally, diabetes, ruptured discs, and vertebral fractures may also cause radiculitis. The causes of radiculitis also tend to vary among different age groups.

How Can I Prevent Radiculitis?

If sitting at one place for prolonged periods of time is unavoidable, make sure you use chairs with firm back support. Remove time to stand, walk, or stretch frequently. The key for slowing the natural process of degeneration with age is to reduce the pressure placed on your spine.

How Do I Know If I Have Radiculitis?

After your initial consultation at our clinic and a comprehensive physical examination, it will be determined whether diagnostic imaging is required. Often, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans, or in some cases, CT (Computerized Tomography) scans help to confirm the diagnosis.

Depending on where the radicular pain occurs, these symptoms can be felt in various locations of the body.

Lumbar Radicular Pain: includes stiffness in the legs and thighs, muscle weakness, sharp constant pain that may affect standing and sitting.

Cervical Radicular Pain: includes pain in the neck, shoulder, arms and hands. It can also include muscle weakness and loss of coordination with arms and hands as well as problems with balance.

If these symptoms become severe, your radiculitis treatment may involve undergoing a radiculitis surgery.

Radiculitis Treatment

  • NSAIDs - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
  • Rest - Some rest in the early stages of your injury is fine, but do not overdo it as your muscles may weaken without use, leading to further injury.
  • Ice and Heat - Start with Ice for the first 3 days following your injury and then mix in heat.
Work with your doctor to find the best approach for treating your symptoms.
  • Physio Therapy - A therapist will work with you to show you how to properly stretch and exercise and build your core and surrounding muscles.
Most people respond well to the above treatments and will feel relieved or less pain within six weeks. However, if your symptoms still prolong, you may have to think of having a radiculitis surgery.


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