Radiculopathy is a pinched nerve root in the spine. It is caused by deteriorating or injured surrounding bones, cartilage, muscle, or tendons. The neck and the lower back region of the spine are most prone to this symptom.
It is known for osteoarthritis, herniated discs, ligament thickening and bone spurs to cause radiculopathy. The pain radiculopathy causes can be felt and could travel through connected nerves in the body. This results in numbness, weakness, and pain. The condition can usually be reversed with timely and appropriate treatment.
- X-ray – used to detect herniated discs, osteoarthritis and other causes of trauma.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used to show detailed images of nerve damage or tumors that cannot be seen on an x-ray.
- Computerized Tomography (CT) scan – used to create the spine’s three-dimensional (3D) image
The non-surgical treatments may include:
- Injections (steriods)
- Physical therapy
- Use of support braces
- Anti-inflammatory medications
If conservative methods could not treat the symptoms, surgical treatments are also available for severe cases of radiculopathy. The most common way of decompressing nerves is by conducting an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF), a method used to detach any part of the disc that is compressing the nerve.
Other surgical methods may include:
- Arthoplasty – artificial disc replacement
- Microdiscectomy – used to eliminate the swelling caused by the herniated portion of the disc
- Posterior cervical laminectomy – parts of the vertebra that is causing compression is removed and replaced with bone grafts to create neck stability.
Burak Ozgur, MD can address your degenerative disc disease with minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that are designed to help you find relief from pain. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.