Radiculopathy

Spine & Sports Medical Group

Spine & Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Campbell, CA

Radiculopathy, more commonly known as a pinched nerve, can happen in any part of your spine but is most common in the lower back and neck area. This painful condition can leave you immobile and in excruciating pain. At Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, the experienced team of physiatrists uses a wide range of diagnostic tools to identify the cause of your radiculopathy and provide comprehensive treatments to reduce your pain. Don’t continue to suffer from radiculopathy and let it control your life. Call the office or use the online scheduler to start your treatment today.

Radiculopathy Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

Your spine is made up of a complex network of bones, ligaments, and tendons that also include the roots of nerves that extend from your spinal cord to different parts of your body. When these nerve roots become pinched or irritated, it causes the condition known as radiculopathy. 

What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?

Symptoms of this condition depend on the type of radiculopathy you have and which nerve is compressed. The main symptom of a compressed nerve is pain, which can vary in intensity and worsen with certain movements. Other symptoms can also include a loss of reflexes and flexibility, weakness, numbness, or even paralysis in extreme cases. 

What are the different types of radiculopathy?

The three main types of radiculopathy are:

Cervical radiculopathy

This happens when nerve roots in your neck are compressed and can result in weakness, tingling, or numbness in your shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers.

Thoracic radiculopathy

This happens when the compressed nerve is in your upper back and can result in pain in your chest or torso.

Lumbar radiculopathy

When the nerve roots in your lower back are compressed, it can cause hip pain and sciatica, which is pain that radiates down your legs due to a compressed sciatic nerve. 

How do you diagnose radiculopathy?

Your specialist at Spine & Sports Medical Group performs a physical exam to diagnose your condition. They may also order imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans to get images from the inner part of your spine, or electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS) to measure electrical signals in your neurons and back muscles. 

These diagnostic tools allow your specialist to determine the cause of your condition as well as its exact location. They also help assess your level of pain.

What treatments do you offer for radiculopathy?

Based on your diagnosis, the team at Spine & Sports Medical Group works to decompress your pinched nerve and provide pain relief.

The practice uses trigger point injections to reduce pain with corticosteroid and other anti-inflammatory medicine. The treatment uses guided injections to deliver concentrated doses of medicine to the exact location of your symptoms. 

It is a highly effective pain management tool and is often combined with physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the affected area. Physical therapy uses gentle movements prescribed by an experienced physical therapist to reduce pressure on your compressed nerve.

For severe cases, the practice can recommend surgery to decompress a pinched nerve that’s causing your radiculopathic condition.

To learn more about the comprehensive treatment options available for radiculopathy at Spine & Sports Medical Group, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.