Radiculopathy, or radiculitis, is an inflammation of the nerve from the spine which can have a number of causes. The most common is when a disc herniates and chemicals which cause inflammation or irritation of nerves are released. This usually results in pain which can vary from mild to extremely severe. Radiculopathy must be distinguished from a host of other problems in bone, muscle and nerve by a careful history and physical examination supplemented by testing such as EMG or MRI.
Numbness, Tingling and Weakness
Numbness, tingling and weakness symptoms can have a variety of causes, most of them related to nerve or muscle disorders. Some of these include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, injury or compression to other nerves in the upper or lower limbs, disorders of the spine or brain, or muscle.
An expert examination will often lead to a diagnoses, or the proper sequence of diagnostic testing to better determine the causes of the numbness, tingling, or weakness.