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What are the long term outcomes of posterior cervical foramenectomy and ACDF For cervical RADICULOPATHY from foraminal/spinal stenosis C4 thru C7?

What are the long term outcomes of posterior cervical foramenectomy and ACDF For cervical RADICULOPATHY from foraminal/spinal stenosis C4 thru C7?

ACDF outcomes: Even a surgeon can not answer that question. Long term can be pain relief all the way to more pain. I would say if you haven't found a good interventional pain specialist to consult with prior do so now and see what other options there are besides surgery. This is if it is just for pain, if you are having any neurological deficits surgery might be your option. ...Read more

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Radiculopathy (Definition)

Radiculopathy is the name of the condition we often call “pinched nerve root”. When a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed or damaged, there are often symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness. Often, nerve roots are affected in the neck or in the lower back. This leads to symptoms that affect certain regions of ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy bad?

Are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy bad?

Yes: Radiating pain in arm, weakness of the arm, sensory changes--can be disabling in the very acute phase--this is why so many require and prefer surgery--untreated lead to muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy: Depending on the level, patients have neck- and/or arm pain and possibly tingling, numbness and sometimes weakness too in the biceps, triceps and the muscles around the wrist and hands. A good examination with strength testing and provocative testing usually gives clues, but an MRI scan is best to determine the source of the problem... Good luck! ...Read more

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What's the difference between myelopathy & radiculopathy and what are symptoms of both.

What's the difference between myelopathy & radiculopathy and what are symptoms of both.

Cervical Myelopathy: Michael: Myelopathy refers to loss of function & weakness in arms and legs, both sides, from compression of the spinal cord within the neck. Radiculopathy is loss of function in a specific region (one side) of an extremity (arm or leg) due to irritation and / or compression of a spinal nerve root; manifests as pain traveling from the spine into the specific region the nerve innervates. ...Read more

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I have a question about cervical radiculopathy I know that isn't spelled right. Sorry ! How does one wlwviate the symptoms and what can be done for it. ?

I have a question about cervical radiculopathy I know that isn't spelled right. Sorry !  How does one wlwviate the symptoms and what can be done for it. ?

Response: You spelled properly. If you have a pinched nerve in your neck, you will experience radiating pain down an arm. Usually, once diagnosis is established, most cases respond to physical therapy, such as motorized traction. Epidural injections may help, and surgery is only indicated if all conservative measures fail. ...Read more

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Most common symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Most common symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy: Usually, this presents with varying degrees of leg pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling. Back pain can also accompany it. ...Read more

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Is an EMG usually ordered when symptoms of cervical radiculopathy are consistent with MRI results and the results of a physical exam?

Is an EMG usually ordered when symptoms of cervical radiculopathy are consistent with MRI results and the results of a physical exam?

No, not often.: EMG/NCV study can be helpful in diagnosing cervical radiculopathy. However, in my Practice I have found these to be very rarely helpful. The clinical exam is much more helpful and predictive of good outcome from surgery. Insurance companies will many times require this test to be positive before they authorize surgery which means denials for many patients who could benefit from surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having cervical radiculopathy and complex regional pain syndrome? Please help symptoms I have are burning and pins and needle

What are the symptoms of having cervical radiculopathy and complex regional pain syndrome? Please help symptoms I have are burning and pins and needle

Focal vs diffuse: Radiculopathy is a pinched nerve in the spine and makes very specific symptoms in a specific dermatomal pattern. Crps affects a broader area such as an entire limb or two limbs, may have some of the same neurological symptoms of a radiculopathy, but also has sympathetic nervous system symptoms of color changes, swelling, and temperature changes. See your doctor if you think you have either. ...Read more