Nerve conditions and Radiculopathy
This page will inform you of different nerve conditions, specifically, radiculopathy, and various treatment options. Don't suffer anymore – take back your body! Visit a chiropractor in our San Diego clinic today!
Do you constantly find yourself in pain or discomfort? If your movement and mobility capabilities are restricted due to a nerve injury, it's important to understand that recovery and relief options are available. After all, you deserve to enjoy life, free of agony. Are you ready to start getting the most you possibly can from your body?
How it occurs
Chances are, if you're suffering from radiculopathy or some other sort of nerve damage, you already know it. These conditions are painful, and therefore, hard to ignore.
Radiculopathy occurs when one or more nerves are affected and unable to efficiently work. This condition can stem from inflammation, compression or trauma/injury to the spinal nerves. A herniated disc generally stems from nerve compression.
Fortunately, most patients who experience radiculopathy respond well to basic treatment options, and recover within weeks to a few months.
Different types of radiculopathy can occur, including carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, spinal radiculopathy, and sciatica. Further, if the sciatic nerve becomes injured, areas of the body that can be affected include the low back, buttocks, legs, and/or feet.
Particularly, radiculopathy pain can be felt anywhere along the course of a spinal nerve. Common areas of complaint include: arms, hands, buttocks, legs, and feet. Depending on the type of nerve damage experienced, symptoms can vary from person-to-person.
Because so many different areas of the body can be affected, radiculopathy symptoms generally depend on which nerves have been damaged. Though, common symptoms often include the following:
- Tingling Sensation
- Muscle Weakness
- Sensitivity to Touch
Pains can be both sharp and intense, but also dull – determined by location. However, if the sciatica is affected, pain is usually prominent in the back of the leg, and sticks to one side of the body.
If symptoms fail to decrease, or even worsen, it may be necessary to make an appointment with a health care professional, such as a chiropractor or medical professional, to offer a proper diagnosis in order to pursue recovery and relief.
To determine whether or not you're suffering from radiculopathy, a doctor may ask you about your medical history, as well as conduct a physical exam. You will be asked questions regarding your level of pain, its location and if any factors cause it to worsen. During this process, the physician will attempt to determine which specific nerve in the body is injured.
In extreme cases, the doctor may pursue other methods to help provide a diagnosis, including X-rays, an MRI scan or a nerve conduction study. This is an important step, as a proper diagnosis will help establish the proper treatment.
Though this condition should not be taken lightly, it is necessary to learn that many people can find recovery and relief by pursuing basic treatment options that include taking anti-inflammatory medication, chiropractic, physical therapy, or avoiding strenuous activities.
Again, there are extreme examples of this condition, in which a steroid injection may be necessary. Surgery is also sometimes used as a last resort.
Take Care of Your Body
In this life, you only get one body – are you properly taking care of yours? At Your Healthy Spine, we can help! We offer a variety of services to assist with all movement and mobility needs, including chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and naturopathy. You no longer have to live a life of pain and suffering.