What is Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy is a term used to describe the dysfunction of a nerve root. Sometimes the terms “radiculopathy” and “pinched nerve” are used interchangeably. However, in some cases, dysfunction of a nerve root may occur without it being pinched. This may occur when a nerve root becomes inflamed for reasons such as infection, trauma, neoplasm, diabetes, arthritis, or other. In these cases, the more specific term “radiculitis” may be used to describe the condition.
The Causes that lead to Radiculopathy
A common cause of radiculopathy or pinched nerve is disc herniation. A disc herniation occurs when displaced disc material from its inner core produces pressure on a nerve root that innervates the arm or leg. Commonly this either occurs in the neck or lower lumbar spine. Other causes of pinched nerves include bone spurs, disc bulges, spondylolisthesis (spinal instability), spinal fracture, or spinal tumor.
Symptoms of Radiculopathy
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Pain in the distribution of the nerve root
- Dermatomal sensory disturbances
- Weakness of muscles innervated by the nerve root
- Hypoactive reflexes of the same muscles
Types of Radiculopathy
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Treatment for Radiculopathy
Most often, nonsurgical treatment will remedy the problem. Treatment can include wearing soft collars to relieve pressure when it occurs in the neck, physical therapy, and medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, and steroid injections.
Surgery is performed when conservative nonsurgical therapies fail to relieve symptoms. Surgery may also be recommended when weakness is noted or when the patient experiences intractable pain and becomes incapacitated.
If the patient experiences weakness and/or sensory loss, surgery is recommended in an effort to prevent a permanent neurologic deficit. Surgical intervention also tends to result in a more expedient and definitive recovery. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which treatment is recommended for your condition.
Choose Dr. Lipani For Your Radiculopathy Surgery
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. John Lipani is a board-certified fellowship-trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who performs minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal procedures. Dr. Lipani is a specialist in the treatment for radiculopathy and many other spinal conditions. Dr. Lipani treats patients for radiculopathy from around the world, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth, Morris and Mercer Counties for radiculopathy. Dr. Lipani offers image-guided spine surgery approaches for radiculopathy treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient.
Dr. Lipani’s affiliation with several major New Jersey hospitals means that you will receive radiculopathy surgery you need without having to travel to New York or Philadelphia. Dr. Lipani has over 15 years of experience performing brain and spine surgeries, so you can count on him to provide the best possible quality of care to all his patients.