What is Radiculitis?
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. Because the spinal nerves branch out to other areas of the body, the symptoms of radiculitis can be felt in other places besides the location of the affected disc and nerve root. The disease is often caused by direct pressure on the nerve roots that shows up in areas of the skin that are controlled by the specific sensory fibers of the nerve roots.
What Causes Radiculitis
Radiculitis causes are due to some type of spinal abnormalities, a spinal disc presses against nerves that connect to the spinal cord. Herniated discs and bulging discs are common causes of radiculitis.
Many conditions that can cause the compression of the spine can also cause radiculitis, including:
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Facet syndrome
- Foraminal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spine degeneration
- Scar tissue formation
These conditions may sometimes occur to an injury, but also due to age, overuse, obesity and even genetic factors. In younger individuals, radiculitis is often the result of trauma that damaged the intervertebral discs.
Because the spinal nerves branch out to other areas of the body, the radiculitis symptoms can be felt in other places besides the location of the affected disc and nerve root.
Generally factors such as age, genetics, injuries, poor posture, obesity, overuse, smoking, etc. increase the risk of spinal abnormalities, which can bring about radiculitis symptoms.
Types of Radiculitis
• Cervical radiculitis is characterized by the compression of nerve roots in the upper part of the spine. The cervical spine consists of the first seven vertebrae, starting from the bottom of the skull. Radiculitis occurs when the spinal disc presses against the nerves that connect to the spinal cord. Depending on which disc is affected, you may feel pain in the arms, chest, neck, or shoulders. Other cervical radiculitis symptoms can include numb fingers and weak muscles in the arms and chest.
• Thoracic radiculitis is characterized by the compression of nerve roots in the thoracic spine. Radiculitis that happens in the thoracic spine will likely cause pain in the chest area. The area that is inflamed is very painful and can even cause a numb or tingling sensation and many times thoracic radiculitis symptoms can include a tight feeling around the chest.
• Lumbar radiculitis is characterized by the compression of nerve roots in the lower part of the spine (lumbar spine). A common form of lumbar 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. This is often caused by nerve root compression from a lumbar disc herniation or bone spurs in the lumbar region of the spine.
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