Radiculopathy – Treatment Options for a Pinched Nerve

Category: Back Pain, Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 15, 2014

radiculopathyRadiculopathy is a medical term used to describe a pinched spinal nerve. This article will discuss the causes and risks of radiculopathy as well as the best ways to treat the condition.

Radiculopathy – What is it?

Radiculopathy is defined as a compressed nerve in the spine. There are 3 types of radiculopathy, each relating to a different region of the spine:

•       Lumbar (lower region of the spine)
•       Thoracic (mid region of the spine)
•       Cervical (upper region of the spine)

Causes & Risks

Radiculopathy can be caused by a number of things, including:

When a spinal nerve is compressed it can lead to pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. If not corrected, the nerve damage can become permanent. Treatment for this condition depends on the region of the spine affected and the underlying cause of the condition.

Certain people are at greater risk for radiculopathy than others. If you have any of the following conditions, your risk level may be higher than normal:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnant women

Treatment Options

The primary symptoms of radiculopathy are pain, numbness, tingling or weakness that typically affects the arms or legs. Primary treatment is generally geared at relieving any associated pain through the use of pain medication, injections, physical therapy, and other non-surgical means. These treatments work to relive pain, but their effectiveness may be short lived. If these initial treatments fail to give you long lasting relief surgery may be recommended. Using a minimally invasive procedure, a spine surgeon can go in and “un-pinch” the affected nerve without disrupting any of the surrounding musculature or tendons. If you’re considering the option of surgery for your radiculopathy, contact a skilled spinal surgeon today.

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