Radiculopathy

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Radiculopathy causes

Radiculopathy causes can come from a wide variety of conditions and diseases. The following are several possible underlying medical causes of radiculopathy.

Bone spur - Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs are projections that form from the bones along the joints in the body. They have the potential to grow along the spine, as well as numerous other areas. Along with the possibility of leading to radiculopathy, they also have symptoms of their own.

Herniated disc - Sometimes called a slipped disc (which is not an accurate label), or spinal disc herniation, this condition can also cause radiculopathy. In a herniated disc, a tear occurs in the outer ring of an intervertebral disc, allowing the middle area to bulge from it. Read more about herniated discs.

Spinal stenosis - In this condition, there is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which causes compression on the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis is gerenally caused by spinal degeneration that happens along with aging, however other factors can lead to it. Continue reading about spinal stenosis.


Degenerative disc disease - This condition, sometimes shortened as simply DDD, is intervertebral disc degeneration, and in some cases can lead to chronic and severe pain. Along with being a medical cause of radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease can also bring symptoms such as weakness and tingling in the knees, and pain in other areas of the body. More details on degenerative disc disease are available.

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