Radiculopathy is a condition in which nerves in the spine are compressed at the point where they exit the spine, decreasing normal blood flow in the area and causing causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the course of the effected nerve. These symptoms can be both localized and referred. Radiculopathy most commonly occurs in the lower back (lumbar radiculopathy) or in the neck (cervical radiculopathy); however, it can occur at any point along the spine.
Radiculopathy can be caused by many different factors, including disk herniation, a bone spur, osteoarthritis, a tumor, an infection, scoliosis or even diabetes.
At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions of the spine, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”
At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.
After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.
We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:
- Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Prescription Medications
Current research shows that patients with radiculopathy respond well to conservative treatment, however in some situations surgery may be your best option. If this occurs, we will coordinate with any other medical providers involved in your case and stay course with you throughout your treatment and recovery plan.
We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.
Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.
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