Radiculopathy is a condition due to a compressed nerve in the spine that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. Radiculopathy can occur anywhere in the spine, but most commonly happens in the lower part of the spine. It is less common in the middle portion of the spine.
What causes radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy is caused by the compression or irritation of the nerves as they exit the spine. This can be due to mechanical compression of the nerve by a disc herniation, a bone spur from osteoarthritis ro from thickening of surrounding ligaments.
What are the symptoms?
- Pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms or legs..
- Localized back and neck pain
- Pain from middle of back that travels towards chest
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Weakness in muscles
How is radiculopathy diagnosed?
Your doctor will look at X-rays of your back if he or she suspects you have spondylolisthesis. X-rays will show if any of the vertebrae in your back have fractures or cracks and have slipped out of place. You could also have a CT scan or an MRI to pinpoint the damage and help guide treatment.
How is it treated?
Treatment for radiculopathy begins with conservative treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicine and chiropractic treatments. However, if these treatments do not help, then surgery may be an option.VIEW TREATMENTS Herniated Disc