Radicular pain effects the low, mid or upper back or neck. It originates in a nerve that is pinched or irritated and radiates outward.
Depending on the nerve being effected will depend on where the pain can be felt.
The Types of Radiculopathy:
Cervical – Originates in the neck, causing pain, weakness and possibly numbness to the shoulder or arm areas.
Thoracic – Effects the nerve in the upper or mid-back which radiates the pain out around the chest. This is the least common type of radicular pain.
Radiculopathy Diagnosis and Treatments:
In most cases, radiculopathy can be diagnosed through a medical exam, however a variety of scans or X rays may be needed as well. In most cases, radicular pain is caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. These occur from wear and tear as well as breakdown of bone and tissue over time.
Treatments may range from physical therapy to things like surgery. In the case of spinal stenosis, radiofrequency ablation may be an option. In this procedure, done right in our office, Dr. Henriquez uses a needle with a heated tip to deaden the nerve causing pain. This can bring relief for six months up to two years.
Every situation and patient is different. We encourage you to call and set up an appointment to see what the best course of action is for you.
What to do Next
Call us so we can set up an appointment to discuss your options for chronic pain treatment. Dr Henriquez strives to provide an approach for personal and compassionate care.
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