When a nerve's root is compressed in the cervical or lumbar regions of the spine, it may cause damage or a disturbance to the function of that nerve. When that happens it is classified as Radiculopathy.
Damage can occur as a result of pressure from a ruptured disc, degenerative changes in bones, arthritis, or other injuries that put pressure on the nerve roots. In middle-aged people, normal degenerative changes in the discs can cause pressure on nerve roots. In younger people radiculopathy tends to occur as a result of a ruptured disc or some other trauma.
The main symptom of radiculopathy is pain that spreads into the arm, neck, chest, upper back and/or shoulders or the legs. A person with radiculopathy may experience muscle weakness and/or numbness or tingling in fingers or hands or in the feet. Other symptoms may include lack of coordination, especially in the hands.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
You may be prescribed MRI or CT imaging to diagnose the source of the radiculopathy. Ordinary X-rays are also an option. These can frequently identify the presence of trauma or sometimes osteoarthritis. The problem with using these diagnostics is that they commonly uncover structural abnormalities that have nothing to do with the pain.
2 out of 3 people that have never suffered pain do, in fact, have structural abnormalities such as bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and many other abnormalities. It is very unlikely that structure is the cause of your pain.
Some people find temporary relief using traditional medical therapy. This may include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or chiropractic treatments. However, treating the symptoms this way generally produces short-term relief rather than long-term success.
MODERN BREAKTHROUGH AND MORE EFFECTIVE THERAPY
Remember this before seeking treatment for radiculopathy... 2 out of 3 people who have NEVER had pain or other symptoms have tendonitis, spinal stenosis, bulging discs, herniated discs, and other structural abnormalities.
So what does this mean for you?
It means that while the MRI may show these structural abnormalities exist, they almost never have anything to do with the cause of your pain. If they did, all those millions of people wouldn’t be completely free of pain. That’s why everything you’ve tried so far has only provided some temporary relief.
Then the pain and other symptoms come rushing back again and again...
The latest neuroscience studies have shown that the cause of pain, and other symptoms based on structure and physiology, actually have a psycho-physical cause associated with stress and tension.
You already know that stress and tension exacerbate your pain. What you may not have known before right now is that what causes your stress and tension is what actually causes your pain. The same pain that is almost always incorrectly blamed on your disc or other structural abnormality.
Over 30 years of scientific and neuroscientific research have determined this outcome. The biggest benefit for you is that the real cause of most pain has been determined. You have new options to relieve your pain that were completely unavailable before. This stops the days of ongoing pain management and adds the possibility for millions of people to use a conservative, safe and proven method to permanently eliminate their pain and other symptoms.
A purely intellectual and emotion focused approach pioneered by Dr. John Sarno in the 1970’s has proven exceptionally effective for people diagnosed with bulging disc, herniated disc, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, whiplash, sciatica, migraine headaches and other incomplete diagnoses.
While most doctors are not aware of this concept, millions of people have been helped through the work of Dr. Sarno and many other doctors and experts since then. You too can benefit by opening up your mind to this alternate reason for your pain and the simple approach to ending your symptoms.
The downside is that not everyone can be pain free. The upside is that there is a Pain Test that has been scientifically developed to provide an objective result based on your specific situation. This will provide you exactly what you need to know about whether or not you can permanently end your pain.