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.
- Bone spurs
- Spinal Tumors
- 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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