Radiculopathy is a condition caused by compression or irritation of a nerve root in the spine, which can result in pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected limb. The most common cause of radiculopathy is a herniated disc, but other causes include spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.
The symptoms of radiculopathy depend on the location of the affected nerve root, but typically include pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected limb. In cases of cervical radiculopathy, symptoms may also include neck pain and headaches.
Conservative management of radiculopathy involves addressing the root cause of the condition. Physical therapy and exercise can help to strengthen the surrounding muscles and reduce pressure on the nerve.
Rehab chiropractors are often the best candidates to treat radiculopathy as it combines knowledge of spinal treatment and the combination of strength and condition experience to load progressively over time. Here at Apollo, we will utilize techniques such as joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercise prescription to help manage symptoms and address the underlying causes of the condition.
It is important to develop a long-term strategy for managing radiculopathy, as symptoms may recur if underlying issues are not addressed. When necessary, we also refer patients for additional imaging and second opinions to ensure that the most appropriate treatment plan is developed. This may include the use of injection therapy to make pain more bearable.
In the early stages, optimizing nutrition, sleep, and exercise can help to make symptoms much more bearable, and we always make recommendations when appropriate!