Radiculopathy Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

You can’t always prevent radiculopathy symptoms like pain, weakness, or numbness from developing, but treatment is available for your symptoms. At Space City Pain Specialists in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, the compassionate team of doctors provides cutting-edge diagnostic techniques to identify the source of your nerve pain and then create the most effective treatment strategy. You don’t have to live with radiculopathy symptoms. Call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Radiculopathy Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy describes a variety of symptoms that develop when nerve roots in your spinal cord become compressed, pinched, or damaged.

There are different types of radiculopathy based on the area of your spine affected.

Lumbar radiculopathy

Radiculopathy occurs most frequently in your lower back. This type of radiculopathy is also known as sciatica.

Cervical radiculopathy

Your cervical spine, or neck, contains nerves that manage sensation in your arms and hands.

Thoracic radiculopathy

Your upper back is the least common area of your spine to experience nerve root compression. When it does develop, thoracic radiculopathy typically leads to numbness or pain that involves the front of your body.

 

What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?

A pinched or compressed nerve often grows inflamed. This irritation leads to a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Weakness in the legs or arms
  • Numbness, tingling, or other unusual sensations in the legs or arms
  • Sharp pain in your shoulders, back, arms, or legs

 

Your specific symptoms can vary depending on the region of your spine with your pinched nerve root. In many cases, radiculopathy symptoms grow worse during certain movements, like sneezing or coughing.

 

What causes radiculopathy?

Thirty-three vertebrae make up your spine. A vertebral disc cushions each vertebra from shock. When an intervertebral disc is damaged, your vertebrae can irritate or compress surrounding nerve roots.

Common causes of radiculopathy include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Spondylolisthesis, a vertebra resting on another vertebra

 

Your risks of developing radiculopathy increase with age, from being overweight or performing repetitive motions, and having poor posture or improper lifting techniques.

 

How is radiculopathy diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment, your pain management specialist performs a comprehensive physical exam to evaluate your muscle strength and reflexes. They might also recommend digital imaging, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, and nerve conduction studies.

After reaching a diagnosis, your doctor develops a radiculopathy treatment plan designed specifically for your unique condition. This often includes:

  • Medications like anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or pain relievers
  • Physical therapy to build muscle strength
  • Steroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation

 

Depending on the cause of your radiculopathy symptoms, your doctor might also recommend surgery to relieve pressure on your nerve roots.

Call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.