Radiculopathy is an umbrella term for a wide range of issues stemming from a pinched nerve in your spinal column. If you’re experiencing shooting pains, limb numbness, or weakness in your arms and legs — all signs of radiculopathy — make an appointment at Metro Pain and Vein Centers. With convenient locations in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, you have a clinic nearby. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Radiculopathy occurs when you have damage or a disturbance — like a pinch — to a nerve in your spinal column. It’s common to feel widespread pain or tingling. Radiculopathy often stems from a narrowing of the space where your nerve root begins in your spine, which can happen due to:
You’re also more likely to develop radiculopathy if you have diabetes or another type of chronic condition that leads to poor blood circulation.
The different types of radiculopathy are categorized based on the part of the spine they affect. Types of radiculopathy include:
Cervical radiculopathy affects nerves in your neck or upper back. You may feel neck, shoulder, or upper back pain that could even radiate down into your arms. Cervical radiculopathy is usually associated with weakness or numbness on one side of your body.
Thoracic radiculopathy develops due to nerve compression in your mid-back region. Symptoms include rib pain and abdominal discomfort, which are often mistaken for heart or gallbladder problems. Stabbing pains associated with thoracic radiculopathy often mimic shingles discomfort, which can further lead to a misdiagnosis.
Lumbar radiculopathy, also known as sciatica, occurs when you have nerve issues in the lower part of your spine. This can lead to pain that radiates down into your buttocks, legs, or feet. You may even experience hypersensitive reflexes or weakness in your legs.
The team at Metro Pain and Vein Centers offers comprehensive evaluations and digital imaging diagnostics to determine where your nerve damage stems from. Once they better understand why you’re in pain, they can put together your customized treatment plan, which may include:
If you don’t seem to be getting any improvement, or if your radiculopathy condition is worsening, your pain specialist might suggest surgery. Minimally invasive radiculopathy surgery involves treating the cause of your nerve compression, such as widening the space in your spinal column or removing a bone spur.
Book your radiculopathy evaluation with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.