Radiculopathy occurs when there is a compressed nerve in the spine. This can cause patients to experience uncomfortable and painful symptoms along the nerve path. Radiculopathy can occur at any part of the spine but is often associated with the lower back, known as lumbar radiculopathy, and the neck, known as cervical radiculopathy.
What Causes Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy can be caused by a number of common conditions. Conditions such as arthritis of the spine , bone spurs or bulging or herniated discs can cause elements within the spinal column to compress or impinged the surrounding spinal nerves, causing radiculopathy to occur. Radiculopathy can also be caused by severe congenital conditions like scoliosis.
Radiculopathy often causes patients to experience chronic, radiating pain into the associated limbs. Some of the radiculopathy symptoms treated by minimally invasive procedures at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute include:
- Radiating pain
- An electrical sensation in the arms or legs
Radiculopathy is most commonly seen in two areas, the back and the neck.
Radiculopathy in the neck (cervical)
can cause uncomfortable and painful symptoms into the arms and hands. Generally, symptoms may include tingling, weakness, numbness and radiating pain in the arms or hands.
Radiculopathy in the back (lumbar)
can cause patients to experience pain down the legs or feet. Generally symptoms may include numbness, weakness, tingling and radiating pain in the legs or feet.
The MISI Approach to treating Radiculopathy
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we understand that surgery is a last resort for our patients, which is why we recommend exploring all available conservative treatment options before considering surgery. After exploring the available treatments, if you are still suffering from the pain and symptoms associated with your radiculopathy, or if compression of spinal nerves is severe, our spine surgeons will discuss surgical intervention with you. Our minimally invasive procedures have brought thousands of patients quick relief from the pain, numbness, tingling and weakness caused by radiculopathy.
If you are living with the pain and symptoms from radiculopathy, do not wait for relief. Contact us today for a no cost review of your most recent MRI or CT scan to determine your treatment options or whether you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure to treat your pinched nerve at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.