Radiculopathy (Cervical and Lumbar) in Atlanta, GA

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About 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. 

Symptoms of Radiculopathy

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. 

Causes of 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. 

Treatment Options

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.

compression Release Treatments

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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