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What Is Radiculopathy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends.....: It depends upon the severity and type of intervention......... ...Read more
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
YES: Avoid jaring the head or neck. Exercise should be smooth and slow. ...Read more
Are there physical activities one would be restricted from doing if diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy?
I've had PT, Accupuncture, injections, RFA, meds haven't helped with RADICULOPATHY du to stenosis. What other options are there?
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
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