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Radiculopathy Specialists in New York City

Radiculopathy is a condition caused by pinched nerves in the spine that creates pain, numbness, weakness or tingling along the path of the affected nerve(s).

Radiculopathy can occur in all parts of the spine, which includes the cervical (upper) spine, the thoracic (middle) spine, or the lumbar (lower) spine. It most commonly occurs in the cervical or lumbar spine in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.

doctor examining x-rays of the spine

What Causes Radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy can appear spontaneously or as the result of a trauma, but it ultimately stems from a pre-existing spinal condition that puts pressure on the nerve(s).

Common Causes

  • Herniated discs: A herniated or ruptured disc is the most common cause of radiculopathy. 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 do not cause symptoms.
  • Sciatica
  • Bone spurs
  • Diabetes: Patients with diabetes can develop radiculitis, pain that radiates along the path of the affected nerve; radiculitis occurs when blood flow to the nerve(s) is compromised.
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis

Complete Diagnosis, Treatment & Care

Because radiculopathy is a complicated condition with various causes, it is important to have it treated by a specialist who can identify and treat the root cause. Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care offers the most exhaustive pinched nerve treatments in New York. Our physicians take a multi-disciplinary approach to back and neck pain treatment, providing a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery.

Patients suffering from lumbar, thoracic, or cervical radiculopathy in New York City: You’re in good hands at our spine care center.

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For more information about our treatment options, contact our office today.