Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is a condition that is caused by pinched nerves in the spine that create pain, numbness, weakness or tingling. Radiculopathy can occur in all parts of the spine (the cervical spine (upper), the thoracic spine (middle), or the lumbar spine (lower). The most common parts for it to occur are the cervical and lumbar spine. Most people diagnosed with radiculopathy are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. The condition can appear spontaneously or as the result of a trauma.

What Causes Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy stems from a pre-existing spinal condition, which puts pressure on the nerve(s).

Some of the most common causes are:

  • Herniated discs. A herniated or ruptured disc is the most common cause. Herniated discs occur when the outer rim of the spinal disc weakens, causing the soft interior to push outward. This herniation puts pressure on the nerve roots of the spine, causing severe pain and discomfort. Not all herniated discs cause radiculopathy, and many adults have herniated discs that are symptom free.
  • Sciatica
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Diabetes: Patients with diabetes can develop radiculitis, which occurs when blood flow to the nerves is compromised

Because radiculopathy is a complicated condition with various causes, it is important to be treated by specialists such as our clinical team at the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care

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