Radiculopathy is not a specific medical
condition, but rather a general description of a condition in which one or more
nerves are dysfunctional and affected in a way that disrupts normal bodily
movement. Radiculopathy can attack seemingly any system of nerves within the
body. The condition, which attacks the nerve's root, yields considerable pain,
numbness, weakness, and difficulty controlling specific muscle groups.
Confusion commonly exists in this condition as a result of the in-congruent
feelings of pains. A person with Radiculopathy often will feel pain or numbness
in an area where the disease not take place. For instance, a nerve root that is
damaged in the neck can produce pain or weakness in other parts of the body
such as the fingertips or forearm.
The most common cause of radiculopathy is a lack of blood flow--nerve roots can become compressed, inflamed, or damaged if the body's blood circulation is impeded or altered. To treat such a disease, specialists aim to restore the root to its normal function through various forms of medication, physical therapy, and relaxation.
Typically, the most common form of Radiculopathy is lumbar cervical radiculopathy, which is a condition that is found on the spine, at or near the root of the nerve. Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition where the nerve roots in an individuals vertebrae is damaged, compressed, or altered in any way. Commonly known as a herniated disk, a cervical Radiculopathy disorder sparks severe lower back or neck pain. The condition is common in athletes, or those who exert pressure on their backs. That being said, the condition can also strike, seemingly at random. The condition fluctuates in regards to severity, but in most cases, cervical Radiculopathy possesses undesirable characteristics and is considered serious. To combat lumbar cervical Radiculopathy or cervical radiculopathy rest and anti-inflammatory medications are suggested.