What Is Radiculopathy ?

Lumbar and cervical radiculopathy are conditions that stem from nerve root compression or inflammation within the spine. They often lead to pain, numbness, or weakness radiating down the limbs. 

Lumbar radiculopathy, more commonly known as sciatica, primarily affects the lower back and legs. It is typically triggered by spinal conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis, which apply pressure to the nerve roots in the lumbar region of the spine. Symptoms often include sharp pain radiating down the buttocks and legs, often accompanied by tingling or numbness. 

Cervical radiculopathy, on the other hand, affects the neck and upper limbs. It is caused by nerve root compression in the cervical spine, often resulting from degenerative conditions such as disc herniation or cervical spondylosis. Symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulders, or arms, and might include numbness or weakness in the upper extremities. 

These conditions can be debilitating and significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, including physical therapy, medication, or in more severe cases, surgery, many people with radiculopathy can manage their symptoms and lead a normal life. 

How Do Chiropractors Treat Radiculopathy?

At Urban Chiropractic, we are experts at applying a variety of specialized techniques to treat conditions such as lumbar and cervical radiculopathy. These conditions occur when a nerve root in the spine is damaged or inflamed, causing pain, numbness, or weakness radiating into the arms or legs. 

We begin our treatment process with a comprehensive assessment of each patient, examining their medical history, lifestyle factors, and presenting symptoms. We perform detailed physical and neurological examinations to pinpoint the source of the discomfort and plan an individualized treatment approach. 

At Urban Chiropractic, we utilize spinal adjustments and manipulations to realign the spine and relieve the pressure on the nerve roots. We often incorporate other treatment modalities such as cold laser therapy, ultrasound, or therapeutic massage to decrease inflammation, improve circulation, and facilitate healing. 

In addition to treatment, we provide personalized advice on stretches, exercises, and ergonomics to strengthen the body, improve posture, and prevent future episodes of radiculopathy. Their holistic and comprehensive approach ensures not just symptomatic relief but also aims at promoting overall spinal health, ultimately enhancing our patients’ quality of life.