Also called “pinched nerve,” develops when a nerve becomes inflamed or squeezed as it diverges from the spinal cord. This could result in numbness and weakened muscles, as well as pain that spreads into the arm and/or shoulder.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Typically, you will feel discomfort and pain.
Symptoms of radiculopathy include:
- Pain in the area around your affected nerve.
- Muscle weakness.
Where you experience symptoms depends on which type of radiculopathy you have.
- Cervical radiculopathy: Pain and symptoms felt in and around your neck, but could radiate (spread out) to your arms and hands, too.
- Thoracic radiculopathy: Pain in and around your chest, including when breathing in and out.
- Lumbar radiculopathy: Pain or numbness in lower back that can spread to your legs.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES & RISK FACTORS?
Anything that compresses or irritates the roots of your spinal nerves can cause radiculopathy, including:
- Traumas like falls or car accidents.
- Bone spurs
- A herniated disk
You can also develop radiculopathy with no specific cause other than getting older. Your spine’s discs and bones lose flexibility and form as you get older. This natural degeneration and weakening can cause your spine to shift enough to pinch a nerve.