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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
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Radiculopathy (Overview)

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 the arms or legs.


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If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

It depends: This is very difficult to answer as it depends on what the cause of your radiculopathies are. They do tend to resolve with time without significant intervention but there are some cases where permanent damage/disability can occur - this tends to be the more rare outcome. Your best bet is to review this with a spine surgeon, for a more detailed review. ...Read more

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
273 doctors shared insights

Radiculopathy (Overview)

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 the arms or legs.


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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 is meant by diagnosis cervical radiculopathy?

See below: A cervical radiculopathy means that there is some process that is affecting one or more of the nerve roots in the neck. These nerves run from the spinal cord and make up the nerves to the arms. It can involve weakness and sensory changes in the arm such as pain, numbness and tingling or it can be pain only. When it is pain only we usually call it a radiculitis. ...Read more

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Are there physical activities one would be restricted from doing if diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy?

Are there physical activities one would be restricted from doing if diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy?

Avoid severe bending: Avoid servere bending or twisting of the neck. Avoid carrying heavy objects you have an MRI and until seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lumbar radiculopathy?

What are the tests for lumbar radiculopathy?

Few test beside the: Physical exam, x-ray, mri, EMG ncs of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

Pain from neck-> arm: Cervical radiculopathy is usually pain with numbness, weakness, and tingling from your neck which radiates (shoots) down your arm(s). The causes are usually from a cervical herniated disc, cervical spinal stenosis, cervical degenerative disc disease, or much rarer conditions like tumor, fracture, or sarcoidosis which can compress or cause damage to cervical nerve roots. You can try ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

Causes: Typically either stenosis (a narrowing in your spine), or a disc bulge or herniation, pinching a nerve. ...Read more

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Does herniated nucleus pulposus mean the same as cervical radiculopathy?

Does herniated nucleus pulposus mean the same as cervical radiculopathy?

No: A herniated disc can be a cause of a cervical radiculopathy which is pain over a nerve arising from the neck due to a compression of that nerve but a disc can herniate without causing nerve compression or even any symptoms even with compression of nerve. ...Read more

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Which is better to treat Radiculopathy T1-T2, nerve block or operation?

Which is better to treat Radiculopathy T1-T2, nerve block or operation?

Always: Start with the least invasive procedures. Surgery should be your last option. Try everything you can before going that route. ...Read more

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How do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

How do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy: There are many treatments for lumbar radiculopathy like heat pads, accupuncture, chiropractic therapy, exercise, massage, medications, injections ... Please see a pain management doctor for evaluation. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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