Radiculopathy is a condition where some affected spinal nerves don’t function property. Some symptoms of radiculopathy include numbness, pain and tingling, difficulty controlling muscles, and leg or arm weakness. The typical symptom of radiculopathy is pain. Sciatica is another primary symptom of radiculopathy. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is either compressed or irritated.
There are many potential causes of radiculopathy. Those include herniated discs, degenerated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. Some of these conditions may occur naturally over time, but others may be caused by a traumatic injury, such as an automobile accident or a workplace injury. A person could also develop these conditions as a result of lifting something heavy or sitting down constantly.
Radiculopathy may be diagnosed by a doctor, or it may be considered merely a description of medical symptoms. As part of trying to diagnose what’s wrong, a patient may undergo an MRI or a CT scan. A patient will also be given a complete physical exam.
Radiculopathy can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on what is causing the situation. Chiropractic and osteopathic are two possible treatments. Physical therapy is another possibility in some situations. Some patients undergo surgery and take medication to reduce pain.
In some situations, radiculopathy is caused by the fault of another party – such as if the underlying condition was caused by an automobile accident, or if it was caused by an unsafe work conditions. If you have radiculopathy as a result of another person’s negligence, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. They’ll help you get compensated for your accident. Call today at 866-986-1529.