What is Radiculopathy?
The main components of your spine consist of the vertebrae and the spinal cord, which run through the center of the vertebral bones. Disbanding from the spinal cord, nerve roots extend between the vertebrae in numerous locations within the body. Radiculopathy occurs when these nerve roots become pinched or damaged. This condition can occur as lumbar or cervical radiculopathy, depending on the location of the affected nerve root. While lumbar radiculopathy affects the lower back, cervical radiculopathy causes symptoms in the neck area. Dr. Christopher Williams and his team at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta treat both cervical and lumbar radiculopathy in order to alleviate pain and restore comfortable mobility. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation.
"When my hope was dashed by years of severe pain and misdiagnosis and mistreatment, by drs in San Francisco, I met Dr Williams. He diagnosed my problem correctly based on a very inexpensive test and told me what I needed to do and where to go to learn about what I needed to do to get out of pain and back into the world. I’m working sure and steady towards recovery and not there yet but if it weren’t for Dr Williams I don’t know where I would be. I wish that every person in need would meet a Dr like Dr Williams. He is kind and he made the difference for me. His staff are nice and easy to work with."- L.M. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2021
"Great experience across the board! Dr Williams takes the time to listen and explain your situation while giving you the best course of action to treat your condition. Staff & office are top notch and very organized. Highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a safe and effective non-surgical procedure to treat their injuries."- D.S. / Google / Sep 01, 2020
"IO Atlanta is an exceptional experience. Few doctors have the time to talk to you about your condition, answer ALL your questions (and your spouse's questions too), go over your imagery, and explain all the options with real world results. Not only am I a patient, but my wife is also working with Doc Williams to solve a problem she's had for 20+ years. I can't say enough good things about the staff and how everyone is concerned about your individual outcomes. They truly care, and the work they do is cutting edge. I am very glad I have taken this route over conventional surgery and bought more time without permanently changing my body in irreversible ways. The treatment they offer does things just not possible with conventional orthopedic surgery, and using your own body's ability to heal itself by just creating a bit of encouragement is the wave of the future. I have a big Thank You to Doctor Williams and his entire staff at IO Atlanta."- L. / Google / Aug 26, 2020
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what does radicular pain feel like?
Once a nerve root has been pinched or damaged, it starts to become inflamed, which can result in a number of symptoms, including:
- Stabbing, sharp pain in the shoulder, arm, back, or leg
- Pain that worsens with certain strenuous or everyday activities
- Weakness in the limbs
- Tingling or numbness in the limbs
In some instances, your symptoms may be constant, but you may notice periods where your symptoms become worse or disappear altogether. During your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will carefully evaluate your symptoms to determine the best course of treatment specifically for you and your needs.
What Causes Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy is most often the result of a shift or change in tissues within the spine. When surrounding tissues shift, they can cause pressure to be placed on the nerve roots. Additionally, shifting can cause the narrowing of the area in which nerve roots travel through, a condition known as foraminal stenosis. Some factors that can lead to this narrowing are:
- A herniated disc
- Bone spurs
- Thickening of ligaments in the spine
- Spinal infections
- Cancerous or benign spinal growths
In order to properly diagnose radiculopathy, Dr. Williams may conduct a physical exam, imaging tests, or a nerve conduction study to determine the cause and type of the condition you may have.
how is radiculopathy diagnosed and treated?
In order to treat radiculopathy, the location and cause of the condition will need to be first identified. In most cases, conservative approaches are first administered, such as medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections to reduce swelling and restore movement to the spine. In cases where these methods prove to be ineffective, minimally invasive surgery may be the best option to release the compression off of the nerve root. Dr. Williams may also recommend various lifestyle changes that can help with the recovery process and prevent the condition from occurring again.
Can radiculopathy be permanent?
If left untreated, radiculopathy could cause irreversible damage. However, if you receive treatment as soon as you notice symptoms, Dr. Williams can create a customized plan to help diminish your pain. If you suspect you have radiculopathy, you should contact our facility to schedule an initial consultation.
How is radiculopathy diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose radiculopathy at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Williams may perform an x-ray, CT, or MRI scan. This allows for a better view of the structures that may be causing pain. Additionally, nerve conduction studies or electromyography may be performed to better identify if the issue is neurological or muscular.
When should I seek treatment for radiculopathy?
To ensure that radiculopathy does not lead to additional damage, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Once you notice that your symptoms are not going away on their own, you should seek consultation at Interventional Orthopedic of Atlanta to receive diagnostic testing. When treatment is undergone early, the prognosis is much more advantageous at getting rid of the pain.
get relief today
Radiculopathy can be a serious condition that affects both the neck and back, causing debilitating side effects. Dr. Williams is able to provide advanced treatment options to release compression from the affected nerve roots and allow space for decreased pressure. Contact Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta to learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams and our skilled orthopedic team.
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