Radiculitis or radiculopathy symptoms include pain that radiates away from the spine and down the arm, across the ribs, or down the leg. The area affected by the pain depends on the location of the pinched nerve in the body.
The most common symptoms include numbness, tingling, a pins and needles sensation, burning, and weakness. These symptoms typically occur in the arms or legs.
What is Radicular Pain?
There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves in the body, and each one of them has the potential to be pinched near the location where they exit the spine. Between the vertebrae, there is a small opening that allows the nerve to pass through. Radiculitis is the term used to describe the spinal root and its inflammation, while radiculopathy implies pathology or that the radiculitis has progressed.
What Causes Radicular Pain?
Any obstruction in the body can pinch the nerve root including a herniated disc, degenerated (flat) disc, thickening of a bone or ligament, cysts, and tumors. Typically, more than one structure will affect the root as a result of long-term wear and tear which causes the spinal structures to break down.
How do You Treat Radicular Pain?
The goal for relieving radicular pain is to reduce the amount of pressure on the nerve root. Continue reading to learn more about the methods that can help ease this pressure.
Flexion Distraction: One of the best approaches to treating radicular pain is through hands-on spinal mobilization. Flexion distraction manipulation is used to open the space between the vertebrae where the nerve root is trapped. The treating physician uses a specialized table which gently and rhythmically stretches open the area where the nerve is pinched.
Core Exercise: Core exercises focus on the muscles located along the spinal column that support your posture. A variety of exercises are used to train these core muscles for strength. As strength increases, support is provided to the underlying damaged structures which pinch the nerve, permitting healing.
Flexibility: Flexibility will stimulate healing by relieving tightness around the nerve caused by injured or fatigued muscles and joints. Helping with ease of movement will relieve pain and protect the area from further stress and damage.
Posture Enhancement: Your posture, whether you’re seated or standing, plays an integral role in musculoskeletal conditions. Correct posture allows your body to operate optimally and reduces the risk of injury. Proper posture reduces nerve tension and pain from pinched nerves.
Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D): If the pinched nerve is due to a disc herniation, this treatment may be the best course of action. VAX-D therapy treats damaged, bulging, herniated, degenerated, and ruptured or extruded discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. This computer-guided, traction-based procedure reduces pressure on the spinal discs and nerves so the spine can heal itself. VAX-D creates negative pressure and suctions herniated and bulging material back into place.
If you’re experiencing radiculitis or radiculopathy symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. He or she can utilize these treatment methods to relieve the pain and have you feeling better. Click here to contact Aligned Medical Group for more information.