Pinched Nerves Specialist

Lance E. Gravely MD, Inc

Neurosurgeon located in Pasadena, CA & Encino, CA

Pinched nerves may be caused by herniated discs, bone spurs, or other back problems, leading to pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re worried about these symptoms, board-certified neurosurgeon Lance E. Gravely, MD offers expert care for pinched nerves, or what’s also known as radiculopathy. With offices conveniently located in Pasadena and Encino, California, Dr. Gravely sets you on the path to recovery with conservative, but technologically advanced care for pinched nerves. To find out more, call or book a consultation online today.

Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerves) Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

A “pinched nerve” is the common term for radiculopathy. Radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root in your spinal column is compressed or pinched, producing inflammation. The pinched nerve can occur in different places along your spine, causing pain and other symptoms.

What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?

Your symptoms will vary depending on the location of the pinched nerve. You may experience:

  • A sharp pain your arms, legs, back, or shoulders that coughing or sneezing may make worse
  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • A loss of reflexes in your arms or legs
  • Numbness, a “pins and needles” sensation, or other abnormal feelings in your arms or legs

Everybody experiences a pinched nerve differently. You might have flare-ups of symptoms from time to time, or you may have no signs at all.

What are the types of radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy comes in different forms, depending on the site of the pinched nerve. You could have lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy, or thoracic radiculopathy.

Lumbar radiculopathy

This is a type of radiculopathy occurring in your lower back, which the most common area for radiculopathy.  Lumbar radiculopathy is also referred to as sciatica because the nerve roots of your sciatic nerve are frequently affected.

Cervical radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy happens with compression on a nerve root in your neck, or what’s known as the cervical spine. With this form of radiculopathy, it’s common to feel sensations in your hands and arms.

Thoracic radiculopathy

This form of radiculopathy occurs when the nerve root in your upper back, the thoracic area, is compressed. Of the three locations for radiculopathy, your upper back is the least common.

How is radiculopathy diagnosed?

Dr. Gravely determines the cause of your problem by:

  • Conducting a thorough physical exam, which may include tests of your reflexes and muscle strength
  • Recommending imaging tests to identify any structural issues
  • Performing a nerve conduction study to pinpoint whether the cause is related to your nerves or muscles

Based on your diagnosis, he recommends a treatment plan to give you relief.

How is radiculopathy treated?

Dr. Gravely creates a treatment plan tailored to the cause and location of your pinched nerve. Generally, the first line of treatment is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and other medications to alleviate your symptoms.

As a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Gravely also provides surgical options for your condition.

If you’ve been struggling with the symptoms of a pinched nerve, get the help you deserve by calling or scheduling an online consultation today with Lance E. Gravely, MD.