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Pain Management Specialists located throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois


About Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is the clinical term for a pinched nerve in your spine. Radiculopathy can cause a variety of painful and disruptive symptoms. The board-certified physicians at Commonwealth Pain & Spine, with offices in Kentucky and Indiana, provide expert diagnosis and treatment of radiculopathy to ease or eliminate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call us today for effective pain relief. Commonwealth’s Kentucky offices are in St. Matthews, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Crestview Hills, Owensboro, and London. Indiana offices are in Evansville, Vincennes, New Albany, Carrollton, and Jasper. They also serve patients from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Radiculopathy Q & A

What is Radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy appears when one of the nerves in your spine is compressed or pinched. The condition can occur in any one of the 33 vertebrae that make up your spine and protect your spinal cord.

What are the Symptoms of Radiculopathy?

Depending on the site of your radiculopathy, you can experience a wide range of symptoms throughout your body, including:

  • Sharp, burning, or aching pain
  • Radiating pain in your arms and legs
  • Numbness, including tingling or feeling like a hand or foot has “fallen asleep”

The nerves in your spinal cord branch out and extend throughout your body. As a result, radiculopathy can cause symptoms anywhere. For example, if you have a pinched nerve in your lower back, you could develop sciatica — pain, weakness, and numbness that extends from your lower back down one or both of your legs.

What Causes Radiculopathy?

A wide range of conditions and injuries contribute to radiculopathy, including:

  • A herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors

Your risk of radiculopathy increases as you age. Factors such as weight, posture, and repetitive motions can also lead to spinal nerve compression.

How is Radiculopathy Diagnosed?

The physicians at Commonwealth Pain & Spine diagnose radiculopathy with a physical exam and a series of tests to find the pinched nerve. For example, they can order X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to examine your spine and the supporting muscles and connective tissue. They also use electromyography and nerve conduction studies to test your nerve function.

How is Radiculopathy Treated?

The doctors at Commonwealth Pain & Spine offer customized treatments to address your specific needs. These can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs — aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and some prescription drugs)
  • Spinal steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot and cold therapies

If noninvasive treatments don’t reduce your pain and other symptoms, your doctor could recommend surgery. For example, if you have bone spurs on your spine, your doctor could remove the spurs to reduce the pinching of the nerve.

If you have pain, weakness, or numbness that doesn’t ease or go away after a few days of rest and at-home care, call Commonwealth Pain & Spine or make an appointment online today.