Radiculopathy, also commonly referred to as pinched nerve, refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly (a neuropathy). This can result in pain (radicular pain), weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles. Since our chiropractors are trained to detect nerve and muscle disorders, we are experts in helping reduce the symptoms related to pinched nerves.
In a radiculopathy, the problem occurs at or near the root of the nerve, shortly after its exit from the spinal cord. At Health First, our doctors perform complete examinations of the spine and nervous system. This gives your doctor a clear picture of what is happening with your particular issues. As we go through the examination, we’ve found that radiculopathy pain or other symptoms often radiate to the part of the body served by that nerve. For example, a nerve root impingement in the neck can produce pain and weakness in the forearm. Likewise, an impingement in the lower back or lumbar-sacral spine can be manifested with symptoms in the foot. So if you are experiencing pain throughout the body, you need to be evaluated to determine if radiculopathy may be the cause of your issues.
The radicular pain that results from a radiculopathy should not be confused with referred pain, which is different both in mechanism and clinical features. This is why it is so important to be evaluated by a trained physician who understand the complexity of nerve issues.
Polyradiculopathy refers to the condition where more than one spinal nerve root is affected. If you’ve been involved in a trauma or accident, you have a higher probability of experiencing polyradiculopathy.
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