Radiculopathy

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Radiculopathy symptoms

Radiculopathy symptoms may vary from case to case. Below, several of the possibilities are listed with brief descriptions:

Sciatica

Sciatica is the main symptoms of radiculopathy (in particular, lumbar radiculopathy). It is sometimes known as sciatic neuritis. In such a condition, one of the nerve roots leading to the sciatic nerve is either compressed or irritated. This leads to pain, which in some instances may be considered as severe. Additional symptoms involved in sciatica may include those such as: numbness, tingling (or "pins and needles"), difficulty with control or movement of the leg, or muscle weakness.

Hypersensitivity

Another symptom which may potentially occur is hypersensitivity. This occurs in the general area of the affected nerve root.

Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms

Cervical radiculopathy (in the neck) can produce different symptoms than does lumbar radiculopathy. In these cases, both sensory and motor symptoms may be present, although the former is more common. Pain typically radiates from the neck downward to the arms of the patient. The pain may be either sharp and localized, or on the other hand, dull and more of an aching feeling. Muscle weakness may also occur, and may point to a more severely compressed nerve. Numbness and tingling may also be signs of a more severe case.


If radiculopathy is suspected...

Diagnostic tests may take place to see whether the possibility of a compressed or irritated nerve root can be spotted. A complete physical examination may take place, and in some times X-rays may also be used to attempt finding a diagnosis.

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