Chiropractic for Radiculopathy
Down the entire length of you spine, spinal nerves branch off the spinal cord and exit through holes called foramen. These nerve roots travel to and innervate all parts of the body (muscles, organs, blood vessels, connective tissue, etc.) Nerves from your neck go down into you arms and hands, which is why you may have pain in your hand with a neck injury. The same goes for your low back and legs. A Radiculopathy is when one of these spinal nerves get irritated or inflamed.
Some of the symptoms that you may experience are:
– Tingling or weakness in the arms or legs.
As stated previously the cause of a radiculopathy is irritation, inflammation of compression of the nerve root. There are many conditions that can cause this irritation such as mechanical compression of the nerve by a disc herniation, a bone spur (osteophytes), Osteoarthritis or from thickening of surrounding ligaments such as the Ligamentum Flavum. Some more rare causes of radiculopathy include diabetes, which can decrease the normal blood flow to the spinal nerves. Tumors can also cause this but is considered very rare.
Chiropractic often treats cervical radiculopathy with excellent results. The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal joints by specific chiropractic adjustments. This will often be combined with ice, traction, soft tissue massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, exercise or stretching.