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.

Symptoms

Radiculopathy symptoms can vary depending on the location of the nerve compression. Lumbar radiculopathy causes discomfort that could radiate anywhere from the hips down to the leg. Cervical radiculopathy, on the other hand, causes muscle weakness or pain anywhere from the neck to the arms. Less common areas can also be affected by the symptoms, including the chest/torso. These symptoms can limit movements and could cause mild to severe aches.

Diagnosis

Burak Ozgur, MD initiates the diagnosis by studying each patient’s medical history and by conducting a physical test. Imaging may be requested to determine the exact location and how serious the symptoms are:

  • 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
Treatment

Most methods to treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction are conservative and does not involve surgery.
The non-surgical treatment methods may include:

  • Steroid/Epidural injections
  • Pain medication



Burak Ozgur, MD can address sacroiliac joint dysfunction with holistic and minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.