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Radiculopathy Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D. -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Kasra Amirdelfan, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Walnut Creek, CA

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 Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

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:

  • Lumbar radiculopathy: issues affecting nerves in your lower back, like sciatica
  • Thoracic radiculopathy: problems in your upper back that cause pain or numbness that wraps around the front of your body
  • Cervical radiculopathy: issues associated with the nerve roots in your neck that cause sensations in your arms and hands

Radiculopathy problems are most likely to occur in your lower back.

What causes radiculopathy?

You can experience radiculopathy for several reasons, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Certain conditions, like diabetes

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.

What are the symptoms 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:

  • Shooting or burning pain
  • Pain that worsens with movement
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Limited range of motion

In some cases, your nerves involved in bladder and bowel control can also become compressed, causing incontinence.

How is radiculopathy diagnosed and treated?

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:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Epidural injections
  • Intrathecal infusion
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Interspinous spacers
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)

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.