Cervical radiculopathy is a condition in which nerve roots in the cervical spine (neck) are compressed by surrounding vertebrae. Lumbar radiculopathy is an equivalent condition of the lower spine and is more common than cervical radiculopathy. Compression can damage the nerves nearest to the spine, causing immense pain, muscle weakness and even numbness in various areas of the body. Pain is usually described as radiating discomfort that spreads throughout the trunk and into the extremities. Often, this pain worsens in certain positions or during certain movements.
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Spinal nerve compression can occur as the result of an injury, degenerative joint diseases, or because of a ruptured disc in which leaked disc fluids affect nearby nerve roots. Although anyone can develop cervical or lumbar radiculopathy, these conditions usually develop among middle-aged people who are 40 years or older. Most develop the condition as a result of age-related degeneration. When cervical and lumbar radiculopathy are identified in younger patients, injuries are usually the cause.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Besides age and injury, are there any risk factors for developing radiculopathy?
Some people are at an increased risk of developing cervical or lumbar radiculopathy in Buffalo Grove. They include individuals who sit a lot, lead sedentary lifestyles, or who do a lot of heavy lifting. Pregnancy is also a risk factor for developing radiculopathy, as are obesity and smoking. To reduce your chances of developing or worsening radiculopathy, get plenty of exercise, avoid smoking, and maintain a healthy weight.
Should I see a chiropractor for my radiculopathy?
Yes. An experienced chiropractor, such as Dr. Garcia, can help treat cervical and/or lumbar radiculopathy by manually adjusting your cervical and/or lumbar spine to improve your mobility and aid in healing. Additionally, Dr. Garcia can develop an exercise or stretching program to increase the strength and flexibility of the cervical and/or lumbar spine.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may opt for various spinal manipulation techniques such as specific spinal manipulation, flexion-distraction technique, or instrument-assisted manipulation. He may also use manual therapies such as trigger point therapy, manual joint stretching, therapeutic massage, or instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.