Radiculopathy treatments

A doctor might prescribe a range of radiculopathy treatments based on the cause, severity and location of the underlying spinal condition.

Radiculopathy refers to a variety of symptoms that originate from compressed nerve roots branching off the spinal cord. These symptoms include traveling pain, numbness, tingling and muscular weakness. The location of symptoms depends on the location of the affected nerve root and where it travels. For example, radiculopathy in the cervical (upper) spine can cause tingling and numbness in the fingers, while radiculopathy in the lumbar (lower) spine might lead to sciatica pain in the legs and feet.

What are the most common radiculopathy treatments?

Spinal conditions that cause radiculopathy such as degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, bulging disc or herniated disc are usually first treated with a course of doctor-prescribed conservative treatment. Radiculopathy symptoms produced by the nerve irritation associated with these and other conditions usually can be managed using the following conservative techniques:

  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Pain medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Massage
  • Lifestyle changes like a plan to quit smoking or reduce weight

Some patients may also choose to complement these conventional treatments with alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and herbal remedies. It is important to keep your primary care doctor informed of any additional treatment you decide to pursue.

Conservative radiculopathy treatments won’t always be enough. Sometimes, radiculopathy persists even after weeks or months of physical therapy or lifestyle changes. A physician might suggest surgery as an option.

Laser Spine Institute

If this is the case, consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute as an alternative to traditional surgery for radiculopathy. Traditional open spine procedures performed in a hospital are usually seen as a last-resort treatment option because of the long recovery time and risk of complications like infection that are associated with them.

The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use advanced techniques to perform outpatient procedures that can help you find relief from neck and back pain. By using a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine, muscles are spared and our patients experience a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.