Suffering from Radiculopathy? We Can Help!
Vertebral Column Anatomical Review
The vertebral column usually consists of 33 vertebrae: 24 presacral vertebrae (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar) followed by the sacrum (5 fused sacral vertebrae) and the coccyx (4 frequently fused coccygeal vertebrae). The spinal cord courses from the brain through what’s called the central canal down to the sacrum. Nerve roots emanate from the spinal cord on the right and left sides and then become peripheral nerves. The nerves stemming from the neck travel down the arms and nerves from the low back travel down the legs.
What is Radiculopathy and How is It Treated?
Radiation of pain into the arms or legs is classified as radiculopathy. When the nerve roots get irritated or “pinched”, usually due to a disc bulge or herniation, severe pain is felt in either the arms or legs.
Applying ice immediately should always be the first you do. Next, call Dr. Kemner for a consult and exam. X-rays and MRI should be ordered and performed. Lumbar foraminal stenosis is a typical pathology of arthritic joint inflammation and should be considered in the diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy. If pain is severe and ice is not reducing the pain a visit to your medical doctor may be necessary for pain medication or a steroid injection. Bear in mind that you need to stay under chiropractic care and continue with adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are non-invasive and help to remove the pinching of the nerve root by realigning the vertebrae and reducing the disc bulge. In time, the pain will decrease and Range of Motion will be restored.
Normally, radiculopathy is treatable without surgery. Treatments for radiculopathy may incorporate pain medicine and wearing a cervical collar or lumbar support brace. Know that the Chiropractic adjustment, with time, will resolve radiculopathy. There may be times when surgery is warranted but you need to consider the non-invasive Chiropractic approach first.
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