If you have a compressed spinal nerve root, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, including shooting and stabbing pain. At his East Bay practice in Walnut Creek, California, world-renowned pain management expert Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, relies on his advanced training to treat a wide range of nerve conditions, including radiculopathy. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Amirdelfan online or by phone today if you’re experiencing debilitating nerve pain.
Radiculopathy is a general term used to describe the symptoms that develop when you have pinched or damaged nerve roots.
There are different types of radiculopathy depending on its origin, including:
Radiculopathy problems are most likely to occur in your lower back.
You can experience radiculopathy for several reasons, including:
Your chances of having radiculopathy increase as you grow older, if you’re overweight, or if you have a family history of degenerative bone conditions. Engaging in improper lifting techniques or repetitive motions can also increase your risks of radiculopathy.
Radiculopathy causes a wide range of symptoms depending on which area of your back is involved. Symptoms can occur in your torso, neck, shoulders, or extremities and often include:
In some cases, your nerves involved in bladder and bowel control can also become compressed, causing incontinence.
Dr. Amirdelfan can diagnose radiculopathy by reviewing your symptoms and performing a physical examination. Based on his initial findings, he might also recommend testing your nerve function with electromyography (EMG) or radiologic imaging using an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
As a leader in pain management solutions, Dr. Amirdelfan treats radiculopathy based on its underlying cause. Common interventional pain management solutions for back conditions include:
Dr. Amirdelfan might also recommend physical therapy to help you stretch and strengthen your muscles while also developing stronger core muscles for stabilization. For symptoms associated with your neck, he might suggest immobilizing your cervical spine to support the healing process.
For more information on radiculopathy, call the office of Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan or schedule an appointment online today.