Musculoskeletal Pain

Piched Nerve / Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy describes a range of symptoms produced by pinching of a nerve or a type of damage may result from compression, constriction, or stretching. Symptoms include numbness, “pins and needles” or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area in the spinal column.

The pinched nerve can occur at different areas along the spine (cervical, thoracic or lumbar).

Cause:
• Herniated disc
• Degenerative disc disease
• Bone spurs
• Tumors of the spine
• Osteoarthritis
• Spinal stenosis
• Compression fracture

Symptoms:
• Sharp pain that starts in the neck and may travel down the arm, something as simple as coughing or sneezing worsen pain 
• Weakness or loss of reflexes in the arms or legs
• Numbness of the skin, “pins and needles” or other abnormal sensations (paresthesia) in the arms or legs
• Body aches
• Tingling sensations in the hand & fingers 
• Burning feeling
• Change in symptoms based on body position
• Impaired balance and coordination
• Muscle wasting
• Numbness or tingling in arms or legs
• Weakness (loss of strength)

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