Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms and legs. This can happen when the spinal nerve roots are compressed or irritated. Radiculopathy is most common in people who are between 30 and 50 years old.

What are the common symptoms of Radiculopathy?

Because of pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms and legs, people with radiculopathy often have difficulty doing everyday activities. The nerve roots send messages from the brain to the rest of your body, and any damage to them can affect how you move or feel. Some of the most common symptoms of radiculopathy include:

  • Tingling or weakness in the arms and legs
  • Numbness in the arms and legs
  • Decrease in ability to normal movement
  • Loss of feeling
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back

Common Causes of Radiculopathy

The most common cause of radiculopathy is aging. As your body ages, the discs between your vertebrae begin to wear down. This can lead to the disks becoming thin and brittle, which makes them more likely to herniate. Other possible causes of radiculopathy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Tumors on the spine
  • Fractures

Known treatments for Radiculopathy

The treatment for radiculopathy depends on the severity of the condition.
For Mild Radiculopathy

Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs may be all you need to ease the symptoms. You can also use ice or heat to help relieve the pain. Other medications such as over-the-counter NSAIDs or corticosteroids may be prescribed to help relieve the pain and inflammation. If your radiculopathy is severe, you may need physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility.

For Severe Cases of Radiculopathy
Surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure on the nerve roots. The type of surgery will depend on the cause of the radiculopathy.

Schedule a Consultation for Radiculopathy Treatment Today

If you want to find out more about the treatment for radiculopathy, you can contact Hart Garner, MD, and schedule an appointment.