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Radiculopathy, Treated by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale

  • Overview

    Radiculopathy

    Radiculopathy is due to a compressed nerve where it exits the spinal column. The problem occurs at or near the nerve root along the spine. Typically pain or other related symptoms are not localized but radiate to areas of the body served by the compressed nerve.

    Facts

    • Typically resolves within 6 weeks to 3 months

    Types

    • Cervical Radiculopathy
    • Thoracic Radiculopathy
    • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Symptoms

    The symptoms associated with Radiculopathy will vary depending on which nerves are affected.

    • Pain
    • Tingling or numbness in legs or arms
    • Localized pain in neck or back
    • Sciatica

    Some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to light touch where pain is felt or muscle weakness in muscles controlled by the affected nerves.

  • Diagnosis/Tests

    Initially, a medical history and physical will be completed by the physician. The medical history will address questions regarding the type and location of your symptoms, how long the symptoms have been present, what makes the symptoms better or worse, and if you have any other medical problems. During the physical examination the physician will test muscle strength, reflexes, and sensation to determine the severity of the issue.

    In order to determine the source of the radiculopathy, the physician may order an imaging test such as an X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cat Scan (CT) or Electromyogram (EMG).

  • Causes

    Radiculopathy is due to the mechanical compression or irritation of nerves as they exit the spinal column. This can result from:

    • Disc herniation
    • Thickening of surrounding ligaments
    • Osteophytes in individuals with Osteoarthritis
    • Tumor
    • Scoliosis
    • Diabetes
  • Treatment Options & Care

    • Anti-inflammatory medications
    • Epidural Steroid Injections
    • Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Treatment

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We are currently working with the Governor’s office to keep patients in pain out of emergency rooms. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, and changes occur rapidly. Please know, the health and safety of our patients, their families, and team members remains our top priority. At AZ Pain Doctors, we are ensuring the safest possible environment. We take these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve:
  1. We are practicing social distancing by offering virtual appointments. If you wish to be seen in person, we are able to accommodate you.
  2. All people who enter the clinic, including all staff and patients, are screened for coronavirus infection. Anyone with a cough, fever, symptoms of infection or known exposure will not be allowed in the clinic.
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