Radiculopathy, commonly known as a pinched nerve, occurs when the nerve root in the neck or back becomes compressed. The result is inflammation of the nerve root. The most common reason radiculopathy may occur is a herniated disc, degeneration of the disc or surrounding joints, and, in rare cases, a tumor.
Radiculopathy can be caused by a variety of conditions or injuries, including:
- A herniated disc compressing the nerve root
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bone spurs
- Tumors of the spine
- Osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis
- Spinal stenosis; a painful condition when the spinal canal narrows
- Compression fractures
- Spondylolisthesis, when a vertebra moves and rests on the vertebra below
Risk factors for developing radiculopathy include:
- Being overweight
- Poor posture
- Improper lifting techniques
- Repetitive motions
- A family history of degenerative bone conditions
In most cases, radiculopathy is treatable without surgery. Depending on the severity of your radiculopathy and other health conditions, Dr. Kalra may recommend certain medications, and/or treatments including:
- Non-steroidal drugs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen
- Oral corticosteroids or injectable steroids
- Gabapentin or Lyrica
- Physical therapy
In some cases, Dr. Kalra may recommend surgery to treat the cause of the nerve compression, such as repair of a herniated disc, widening of the spinal canal space, removing a bone spur or fusing the bones.
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