Neurological Injuries: Radiculopathy
Radiculopathy is a type of neuropathy that occurs in the spine, chiefly affecting the nerve root (the portion of the nerve leaving the central nervous system). While radiculopathy starts along the spine, symptoms can radiate to the part of the body affected by that particular nerve.
Radiculopathy is caused when nerves become inflamed or pinched, or stop working effectively, due to a lack of proper blood flow or excessive pressure from surrounding bones, muscle, cartilage, or tendons. Activities that place heavy or repetitive loads on the spine put individuals at risk of developing radiculopathy.
The most common symptoms of radiculopathy are pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the arms or legs. Patients also frequently experience neck or back pain. If radiculopathy causes radiating pain down a lower extremity, it is also known as sciatica. While rare, some individuals may also develop sensitivity to touch or muscle weakness.
Seeking Treatment for Radiculopathy
Radiculopathy can often be treated by non-invasive procedures such as prescription anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, or chiropractic care. With treatment and rest, people can see an improvement in symptoms as early as six weeks after their onset. If, however, symptoms don't improve, epidural steroid injections can help by quickly reducing nerve inflammation and irritation. In some cases, patients may require surgical treatment to decompress the affected nerve. If you or a loved one is suffering from this form of neurological injury as a result of a job-related injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case. (888) 493-1629