What is radiculopathy? What are the symptoms of radiculopathy? 

Radiculopathy is a term that means there is a pinched nerve in the spine. Depending on where the nerve is being pinched, patients may experience pain or numbness radiating from the neck down one of the arms or from the low back down one of the legs. If the nerve is being pinched badly enough, the patient may also experience weakness of the affected limb.

  • Neck pinched nerve: Pain or numbness radiating down one arm.
  • Low back pinched nerve: Pain or numbness radiating down one leg.
  • Severe pinching can cause weakness in the affected limb.

Causes

  • Pinching of a nerve root in the spine.
  • Common result of a disc herniation, arthritis, or trauma to the spine. 

Diagnosis

  • First suspicion arises after a thorough history and physical examination.
  • Radiculopathy is officially confirmed by MRI or CT of the involved spine area.
  • Nerve conduction studies.

Treatments

  • Medications
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • If these measures are not effective, an epidural steroid injection can help alleviate pain and inflammation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can radiculopathy be prevented?

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Not necessarily. Nerves can be pinched when there is arthritis in the spine or there is trauma to the spine, which typically cannot be avoided.

How long does radiculopathy last without treatment?

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If untreated, radiculopathy might resolve on its own within a few months. However, it can sometimes persist and lead to permanent nerve damage if it is severe enough.

Are injections a safe treatment for radiculopathy?

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Yes. Steroid injections are performed under fluoroscopic guidance and are a very effective treatment to alleviate radiculopathy. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with radiculopathy, book a consultation with your pain management physician to discuss treatment options.

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