Radiculitis—or radicular pain—is transferred pain that is "radiated" along the path of a nerve due to pressure on the nerve root at its connection to the spinal column.
A common form of radiculitis is sciatica, or radicular pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve from the lower spine to the lower back, gluteal muscles, back of the upper thigh, calf, and foot.
Pain often results from nerve root compression from a lumbar disc herniation or bone spurs in the lumbar region of the spine.
Common symptoms include:
- Numbness in the big toe and inside foot
- Severe pain outside of the calf and hip flexor
- Difficulty with positioning
- Muscle atrophy
- Favoring certain muscles or a certain side of body
Possible Treatment – The Bonati Spine Procedures
Using local and IV anesthesia and X-rays for guidance, Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alfred O. Bonati M.D., or another Bonati Spine Institute surgeon will insert specially designed instruments directly over the affected spinous process. A laser is then used to obliterate the medial branch of the spinal nerve.