As nerves branch off from the spinal cord, they travel through holes in the vertebral bone called foramen, on the way towards the extremities where they provide sensation and movement. These nerves exist bilaterally at every level of the spine. When they become irritated or pinched by a surrounding vertebral bone or bulging disc, patients begin experiencing pain and neuropathic symptoms in the distribution of the affected nerve including the extremity it innervates. When the noxious symptoms follow a nerve’s route of innervation, it is called radicular pain.
If patients in Saddle Brook, NJ have radiculopathy they rely on the medical expertise at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics. Radiculopathy in the neck or cervical region manifests with arm pain, paresthesias, weakness, and loss of movement. In the lower back, called the lumbar spine, radicular pain presents as loss of motor function, pain, tingling, and numbness around the legs and hips. Pinpointing the cause of the irritated nerve will require radiographic imaging because radiculopathy can arise for different reasons. Common causes include degenerative disc diseases, such as arthritis of the spine (spondylosis), bone spurs, spinal stenosis, or herniated discs, which are all brought about by either injury, genetics, the normal aging process or strenuous physical activity.
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics Offers Advanced Treatment Plans for Radiculopathy
Patients do not have to live with the painful symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy or lumbar radiculopathy. Saddle Brook-based patients seeking the best treatment should use the team of board-certified spine doctors at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics to obtain the correct spine disease diagnosis and treatment.
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s board-certified neurosurgeons customize each patient’s treatment combining evidence-based medicine and the patient’s medical history. For mild cases of radiculopathy, CNSO offers transforaminal injections or epidurals. Physical therapy, in certain cases may also be valuable. For severe cases of cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, minimally invasive spine surgery such as a discectomy, laminectomy or decompression may be necessary. Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s elite team will provide their opinion as to the ultimate solution for a patient’s spine condition. Fundamentally, if the neurosurgeons believe conservative care could resolve the discomfort, they will recommend that it be the first option. But when conservative treatment fails to reduce painful symptoms or if the cause of the radiculopathy is due to an extreme spinal deformity, then the neurosurgeons will recommend surgical spine decompression.
If you or someone you know needs an effective solutions for cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, or any other spine condition, call (973) 633-1122 to schedule a consultation with New Jersey’s top spine team.