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Understanding Two Types of Radiculopathy: Cervical and Lumbar

Spine damage can result in radiculopathy. According to an article on, a pinched nerve in the spine can occur because of changes in the surrounding bones and cartilage. Factors that bring about such changes in these two areas are either spine injury and spine wear and tear.

Thechanges in the surrounding bones and cartilageare capable of putting pressure on a nerve root. Each spinal nerve has a root that exits through the spinal cord and goes through an opening in the spine.Compressed nerve roots may becomeinflamed, which results inpain, weakness or numbness.

The Two Types of Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy and lumbar radiculopathy are two of the three types of radiculopathy, according to the article. The former affectsthe nerve roots in the necks,while the latter affects the nerve roots in the lower back.

Cervical Radiculopathy

The type of radiculopathy is caused by pressure on the nerve roots in the neck. The symptom is burning or tingling sensation, weakness or loss of feeling in the finger, arm or hand.

Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar radiculopathy occurs due tothe pressureon one of the roots in the lower back.The symptoms can include hip pain andshooting pain in the leg, which is called sciatica.

People at Risk for Radiculopathy

Spinal changes can happen as people grow old. Radiculopathy usually occurs in people age 30 to 50.

There are also conditions that can increase the riskfor  radiculopathy. Obesity,arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, for example, can result in radiculopathy. Other risk factors are repetitive movement, spinal abnormalities like scoliosis and poor posture.

About Spine Center of Texas

Spine Center of Texas specializes in the treatment of spinal conditions. With a focus on Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the company provides quality care for people with spinal conditions. It is the only  practice with local providers in the New Braunfels and Seguin market for over 12 years.

Spine Center of Texas also has established a center in San Antonio. Call the San Antonio office for an appointment.