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Radiculopathy

What is Radiculopathy?

Chronic nerve compression left untreated that causes pain.

Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy is not a condition per say but refers to the chronic injuries or trauma in the spinal nerve roots caused by nerve compression, irritation or that has been left untreated.

What are the Causes of Radiculopathy?

Debris and other conditions that pinch or compress the nerves are the primary causes of radiculopathy. Spinal stenosis, a ruptured disc, spondylolisthesis, or scoliosis can also cause radiculopathy. Other common radiculopathy causes are disc herniations, bone spurs (osteophytes), and thickening of surrounding ligaments.The main causes of radiculopathy tend to vary among different age groups.

How Can I Prevent Radiculopathy?

We recommend lifestyle changes as your best bet for prevention of spinal problems. You can start by quitting smoking first. Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and practice proper posture. Also, try not to sit for long periods of time and using proper body mechanics.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A RADICULOPATHY?

A Radiculopathy diagnosis can be made after a complete medical history has been taken and MRIs or CT scans have confirmed the presence of Radiculopathy.

Lumbar Radiculopathy Symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates through your buttocks and down your legs; worsens when sitting
  • A sharp constant pain in the back of the leg that will get worse when standing or walking
  • Weakness or loss of function in the leg or foot
  • Numbness and/or tingling in one leg

Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates through the should, down the arm, and occasionally into the hand
  • Neck pain
  • Loss of reflexes in the affected arm
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the arm and possibly the hand
  • Muscular weakness in the arm
If symptoms persist, you might want to visit our Spine Institute experts for Radiculopathy surgery options.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR ME?

When pain medication, exercise and chiropractic adjustments and other conservative Radiculopathy treatment do not provide relief, you may be a candidate for Radiculopathy surgery.

Radiculopathy Treatment:

  • Physical Therapy - A therapist will work with you to show you how to properly stretch and exercise and build your core and surrounding muscles.
  • Rest - Some rest in the early stages of your injury is fine, but do not take too much time as your muscle may weaken without use leading to further injury.
  • NSAID - This abbreviation stands for non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over the counter versions may include Advil, Aleve, or other generic brands of medicine containing ibuprofen.
  • Prescription Medication - Depending on the severity of your condition your doctor will either recommend over the counter pills or write you a prescription for stronger medication.
The location of your Radiculopathy, the severity of your symptoms, and how long you have been suffering all play a part in determining what treatment would work best for you.

HOW WE CAN HELP?

Same Day Spine Surgeons are the most experienced and best trained surgeons to relieve the pain from Radiculopathy surgery. We offer the most effective and widest variety of conservative and surgical Radiculopathy treatments available to get you back home the same day and back to your life. Sameday Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive treatments for Radiculopathy surgeries, using the latest cutting edge technologies, including Use our quick and easy Symptom Evaluation Tool and Recommended Treatment Tool to help us get you on the road to recovery.