Radiculopathy is a description for several symptoms where the problem originates at the nerve root near the spine. It is a type of neuropathy, meaning that affected nerves do not work as they normally would.
Some issues that may be involved include pressure on the affected nerves, bone spurs brought on by a degenerated disc, nerves that are pinched or affected by inflammation, possibly even disease leading to nerve damage.
Common symptoms include:
- Referred pain
- Radicular pain
- Sensory changes
- Motor function weakness
Cervical Radiculopathy symptoms may include:
- Deltoid weakness
- Pain in the shoulder and the upper part of the lateral arm
- Paresthesias in the more distal part of the affected dermatome
- Biceps or brachioradialis weakness
- Paresthesias and frank sensory loss: more distal, and can extend into the hand
- Pain extending into the distal forearm or hand
- Triceps weakness and a decreased triceps reflex
- Sensory loss in the hand
Lumbar Radiculopathy symptoms may include:
- Low back pain — that may or may not have been associated with some sort of trauma and is commonly antecedent to the onset of leg pain by days to a few weeks
- Pain down the back of the leg and into the heel or foot
- Sensory loss, usually over the lateral aspect of the foot
- A loss of the Achilles reflex, specific to S1
- Weakness in dorsiflexion of the foot
Possible Treatment - The Bonati Spine Procedures
The Bonati Procedures performed by Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alfred O. Bonati M.D., or another Bonati Spine Institute surgeon are a respected and proven solution for Radiculitis, the inflammation of nerve roots, and various other conditions that cause cervical radiculopathy and lumbar radiculopathy.