Common alternative treatments for radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is the medical term that describes a collective group of symptoms associated with the compression of a spinal nerve root. These symptoms can include neck and back pain that travels the length of the nerve being compressed, as well as the following symptoms:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Burning sensation

Radiculopathy can occur at any level of the spine and can be caused by a variety of degenerative spine conditions, such as a bulging or herniated disc, foraminal stenosis and bone spurs, as well as many other conditions. Because they are often caused by the gradual degeneration of the spine, the symptoms often develop slowly, worsening over time without treatment. If these symptoms are identified early in the development of the condition, nonsurgical treatments may be effective for pain relief.

Additionally, some patients seek out alternative treatments that are outside of the medical mainstream to find relief. By learning more about the specific options that are available and how to work with your doctor to combine them with more conventional therapies, you can make a more confident decision about your treatment.

Alternative treatment options

If you have been diagnosed with radiculopathy and are seeking out alternative treatments, it is important to continue to work closely with your primary care doctor. Not only can he or she advise on whether a given type of treatment is compatible with your existing care plan and overall level of health, some doctors may be able to recommend a reputable provider for the type of alternative treatment you are seeking.

Make sure that any alternative medical provider you consult for treatment is a licensed professional and has any necessary certifications in their field. Some examples of alternative treatments that patients with radiculopathy attempt include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga

When to consider surgery to treat radiculopathy

Surgery may be recommended if weeks and months of attempting both conservative and alternative treatments have not brought the relief you require for a good quality of life.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain since 2005. Because our outpatient procedures use muscle-sparing techniques, they can offer a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.

To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for your no-cost MRI review.*