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.
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.
Your symptoms will vary depending on the location of the pinched nerve. You may experience:
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.
Radiculopathy comes in different forms, depending on the site of the pinched nerve. You could have lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy, or thoracic 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 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.
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.
Dr. Gravely determines the cause of your problem by:
Based on your diagnosis, he recommends a treatment plan to give you relief.
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.