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What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Problem xitng spine: Nerves branch off in bundles from the spinal cord & exit thru an opening between the vertebrae.This is the nerve root. The opening itself is subject to narrowing or irritation from arthritis or various illnesses as are the tissues nearby. Nerve bundles are surrounded bu flexable tissue that can be compressed by the swelling nearby and end up choking off some of the nerve activity.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Called Radiculitis: Irritation of the origin of the nerve off the spinal cord (termed a root) that creates an inflammatory reaction leading to pain over that nerve distribution. That is called a radiculitis v a radiculopathy which is caused by nerve root compression.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve called?

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Dr. Aaron Haug
Neurology 14 years experience
Radiculitis.: Radiculitis refers to inflammation of the nerve root. A more general term for any problem with spinal nerve roots (including compression) is radiculopathy.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What does nerve root effacment mean?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Nerve being pressed : Effacement means that the nerve is being compressed hard enough that it actually changes the shape of the nerve- rather than a round structure, it is being flattened. This is often secondary to a bulging intervertebral disc, but can be caused by other masses lying next to the vertebral column.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

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Dr. David Teicheira
Pain Management 36 years experience
see below: A spinal nerve (root) is a large nerve bundle that leaves the spine at regular intervals, right and left. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body. Think of a bee sting, with pain, swelling and sensitivity. Inflammation of the nerve root, causes pain close to the spine, and along the route of the nerve. Epidural steroid injections are sometimes used to place anti-inflammatories into the spine.

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