Commonly called a pinched nerve, radiculopathy refers to any disorder or disease that affects the nerve roots of the spine. These nerves originate from the spinal cord and connect it with your arms, legs, and body. Many conditions can result in a pinched nerve, including a herniated disc, spinal trauma, bone spur, or osteoarthritis. Athletes who play contact sports, individuals who perform manual labor, and older patients are at an increased risk for developing radiculopathy. Although a pinched nerve can occur at any level of the spine, the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions are the most frequently involved. At the Orthopaedic Spine Institute, our experienced orthopaedic spine surgeons offer spine and pain management tailored to your unique needs, including non-surgical treatment options.
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What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?
Symptoms of a pinched nerve can include discomfort, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected area as well as the extremities associated with it. For instance, if radiculopathy occurs in the neck, pain may be transmitted through one or both arms. If the condition involves the lower back, then one or both legs may experience these radiating sensations, a concern often called sciatica.
How is this condition diagnosed?
When you arrive for your initial consultation, we will begin with a series of questions about your medical history, symptoms, and experience. One of our board certified orthopaedic surgeons will perform a physical evaluation of the affected area, which may include checking your range of motion, level of strength, reflexes, and sensation of feeling. Imaging or laboratory tests may also be required to support the diagnosis, including X-rays, an MRI, CT scan, or electromyelography. Each of these tests analyzes your spinal tissues in a different way to help create a comprehensive picture of your condition. With this information, our skilled physicians can develop a customized treatment plan with your singular needs in mind.
There is a broad array of non-surgical and minimally invasive radiculopathy treatment options. Our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons will begin with conservative therapies first, and they will only utilize surgical techniques in the event other methods prove ineffective. Your care and comfort are our highest priorities.
For more information about radiculopathy and treatment options, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation.