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Can you explain what radiculopathy and plexopathy are and what is the treatment for these conditions?

Can you explain what radiculopathy and plexopathy are and what is the treatment for these conditions?

Radiculopathy: Is when nerves coming from the spine are affected such as with a herniated disc. A plexopathy is when an area where multiple levels of nerves come together in a complex called a plexus. It is located away from the spine. From the plexus specific nerves are formed and proceed to supply a part off the body. They both involve nerve damage and can have similar symptoms but the treatment very different ...Read more

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
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Radiculopathy (Definition)

Also called “pinched nerve root, ” this occurs when a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed, or damaged, causing 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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What is lumbar radiculopathy?

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculoparhy: Refers to disc in lumbar spine bulging or herniating pressing on nerve leading to symptoms of pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in lower extremity. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are neuritis, radiculitis, radiculopathy, sciatica and cauda equina?

Can you explain what are neuritis, radiculitis, radiculopathy, sciatica and cauda equina?

Ill try: These are all similar terms neuritis is inflamation of a peripheral nervec radiculitis is inflation of a nerve rootr adiculopathy is chacteristic pain pattetn from a radiculitis siatica is ageneral term that describesva chacteristic pain in buttocks and leg often caused by a radiculits or neuritis of siatic nerve. Cauda equina is the name of the large group of nerves that comes off spinal cord tip. ...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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What is herniated nucleus pulposus radiculopathy? L 15

What is herniated nucleus pulposus radiculopathy? L 15

Disc herniation: If I understand your question you are speaking of disc rupture or herniation at the l4-5 level. This refer to a fissure of the putter fibers of the disc called the annulus with resulting movement of the soft inner portion called the nucleus through that fissure and is putting pressure on the L5 nerve root that causes pain in the outer region of the lower leg. ...Read more

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Had a emg to find out what may be worsening the pain in my feet. One thing stated "concomitant chronic bilateral s1 radiculopathy". What does mean?

Had a emg to find out what may be worsening the pain in my feet. One thing stated "concomitant chronic bilateral s1 radiculopathy". What does mean?

See below: Radiculopathy implies that there is an irritation of a nerve in the back. S 1 nerve is a specific nerve in the spine, it runs down the back of the thigh, calf, and sole of the foot. Chronic means long standing, bilateral means both sides. It suggests that one possible cause of your foot pain could be from the back. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy. What are the treatments?

Many: Initial treatment options include physical therapy, chiropractic care, anti-inflammatory medications, several types of injections, rest and most importantly time. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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What can be done for cervical radiculopathy? What can a pcp do for neck pain? I think a rehab and pain management doctor is better. Any thoughts help

PCP can do a lot!: 1.Identify "pain generator" (nerve root, muscle, or both)
2. Identify possible pain triggers (dietary, emotional, chemical, physical, pharmaceutical)
3. Address the triggers in proper order
4. For muscle pain generators use appropriate physical modalities
5. Use appropriate pharmaceuticals – systemic and topical
6. Use invasive modalities he/she is comfortable with (trigger points injections). ...Read more

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Can lower bakc massage worsen radiculopathy?

Can lower bakc massage worsen radiculopathy?

Possible: Anything is possible. It would not be typical for a gentle massage to worsen a radiculopathy however a more vigorous massage might. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: radiculopathy?

What is the definition or description of: radiculopathy?

Spine: Radiculopathy infers that an abnormality along a nerve is coming from the spine, as opposed to another area along its route. ...Read more

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Are radiculitis and radiculopathy the same thing?

Are radiculitis and radiculopathy the same thing?

Not exactly: Radiculitis refers to inflammation, and irritation of the nerve root, usually presents with pain along the dermatomal pattern of innervated by the effected nerve root. However, radiculopathy is term which encompassing additional conditions which affect the nerve root, such as demyelinating nerve condition, systemic rheumatologic condition, and others. ...Read more

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What is chronic neuropathic related to radiculopathy?

What is chronic neuropathic related to radiculopathy?

Translation?: Sounds like an EMG result. The EMG can determine whether there has been nerve damage for 0-3, 3-6 or more than 6 months. Chronic damage refers to weakness or numbness lasting more than 6 months, radiculopathy refers to where the damage is located- e.g. the nerve root. Normally it is a nerve root from the neck or the lower back which affects an arm or a leg, respectively. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about borderline left L5 radiculopathy?

Yes: Radiculopathy is s term used to infer an irritation of a nerve in the spine. L5 is a specific nerve, the fifth lumbar nerve root. The term borderline implies it is mild. ...Read more

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Can a car accident aggravate C7 radiculopathy?

Can a car accident aggravate C7 radiculopathy?

Whiplash: Cervical strain ie 'whiplash' can aggravate any preexisting condition in the neck including radiculopathy or changes in the disc. Usually nsaids or Medrol (methylprednisolone) will best treat the symptoms. ...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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How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

Symptoms and eval: Cervical radiculopathy is manifest by numbness, tingling, potentially weakness, along a specific neural pathway, in the presence of central or foramenal stenosis of the spine, and most often associated with neck symptoms and mechanical patterns of neck movements causing pain or nerve symptoms down the arm. ...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 sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

What sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

Pinched nerve: Radiculopathy comes from a greek word meaning "root." in this case, the root is the start of the nerve coming off the spinal cord. There are many nerves coming off the spinal cord to go down the arms and legs to allow us to move and feel things. These nerves can be pinched in or around the spine by things like herniated disks and bone spurs from aging, or injury such as stretching the nerve. ...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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What is meaning of spondylosis cervical with radiculopathy?

What is meaning of spondylosis cervical with radiculopathy?

Arthritis: Cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy means you have arthritic changes in your neck (cervical spine) which is causing nerve irritation thereby causing pain down the arm or in the neck. ...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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How long does it take to recover from cervical radiculopathy?

Depends.....: It depends upon the severity and type of intervention......... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical radiculopathy?

What is the definition or description of: cervical radiculopathy?

Nerve compression: Radiculopathy refers to a problem with nerves at the root level, where they exit the spinal cord. Typically, a ruptured disc may compress the nerve, but problems can occur with degenerative spondylosis and the foramenal narrowing can also compress. Pain, numbness, weakness, and atrophy of muscle may all be signs. ...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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I've had PT, Accupuncture, injections, RFA, meds haven't helped with RADICULOPATHY du to stenosis. What other options are there?

I've had PT, Accupuncture, injections, RFA, meds haven't helped with RADICULOPATHY du to stenosis. What other options are there?

Many options: There's always more medicines that you haven't tried; pain psychology techniques like biofeedback, CBT, and mindfulness meditation; electrical stimulators; additional surgeries...don't lose hope! I'm available for consults if you'd like to discuss further. ...Read more

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I have radicular pain L Butt and LLE. But I was told it's not "true" radiculopathy because my neuro exam shows normal sensation.? I don't get it...

I have radicular pain L Butt and LLE. But I was told it's not "true" radiculopathy because my neuro exam shows normal sensation.? I don't get it...

Radiculopathy: Means abnormal degeneration of a nerve due to impingement or constant stimulation from lack of blood supply etc. For cutaneous or deep nerves, they usually carry both pain signals and sensitivity to touch, pressure, temperature, et. And when a nerve degenerates, you should have both pain (which is nothing but alarm bells your body sends to signal an emergency or injury) and sensation deficits ...Read more

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I've had radiculopathy 2 months declining from 10 - 3/10 on my pain scale. The only thing I find uncomfortable now is driving why? 38 & fit. Am I ok?

It's great that you: Are feeling better. You didn't mention whether it was the neck or low back that was affected, but nevertheless, there is a lot of stress with driving even for people without a radiculopathy. Any neck or low back twisting, bending and turning motions that may occur with driving can cause irritation of the nerve exiting from the spinal cord causing your symptoms to flare up. ...Read more