Radiculopathy Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

Your spine performs an amazing number of functions, not the least of which is its role as the starting point for your peripheral nervous system. Because your spine is lined with so many nerve roots, a localized issue can cause widespread problems in your extremities.

This means that a nerve that becomes impinged, or pinched, along your spine can disrupt the signaling to other parts of your body.

What are the types of radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy typically strikes one of two areas:

Lumbar radiculopathy

The most common form of radiculopathy in your low back is sciatica. This large nerve originates in your lumbar spine and travels down the backs of both sides of your buttocks and your legs. If the nerve is compromised in your low back, it can cause pain to radiate down through your buttocks and into your thighs, calves, and feet.

Cervical radiculopathy

With this type of radiculopathy, the problem starts with nerve compression in your cervical spine, or neck. The effects — pain, numbness, and tingling — are often felt through your shoulders, arms, and hands.

While radiculopathy can affect your thoracic spine or mid back, this is far less common because your mid back doesn’t enjoy as much range of motion as your neck and lower back.

What causes radiculopathy?

The most common causes of radiculopathy include:

  • A herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Nerve root injuries

A herniated disc is far and away the most common cause of radiculopathy, with stenosis-related arthritis or bone spurs following behind.

How is radiculopathy diagnosed and treated?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Mobin, he conducts an extensive exam that includes a review of your symptoms and advanced imaging to determine where the underlying cause is located.

Once Dr. Mobin has zeroed in on the problem, he works to alleviate your symptoms through the following treatments, depending upon your situation:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal adjustments
  • Steroid injections

If you’re still suffering from the effects of radiculopathy after these treatments, Dr. Mobin may suggest a minimally invasive surgery to relieve the nerve compression. As a board-certified neurosurgeon, he has extensive experience using the latest surgical techniques, greatly reducing your risks and ensuring a positive outcome.

If radiculopathy is hampering your ability to move about freely, call Mobin Neurosurgery, or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

Mobin Neurosurgery

Fardad Mobin, MD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you’re experiencing pain or numbness in your arms or legs, the root cause may have nothing to do with your limbs. Radiculopathy is the word used to describe the radiating effects that nerve compression in your spine can have on your extremities, which makes it important that you see a doctor who specializes in neurology. At Mobin Neurosurgery, board-certified neurosurgeon, Fardad Mobin, MD, is such a specialist, and he helps diagnose and treat radiculopathy in his patients in Beverly Hills, California. To learn more about radiculopathy, call the office or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.