When a nerve in the spine becomes compressed, it causes a condition called radiculopathy. It can occur in any part of the spine but is most common in the lower back and the neck. Ana Maria Platon, MD, is an expert in pain management at The Pain Specialist in Stockbridge, Georgia. She uses advanced technology to treat the symptoms of radiculopathy. Find out how she can help you. Make an appointment over the phone or book through the website.
There are three types of radiculopathy:
Cervical radiculopathy is pressure on a nerve root in your neck. It can cause weakness, burning, or tingling. You may experience a loss of sensation in your shoulder, arm, hand, or finger.
Lumbar radiculopathy is pressure on a nerve root in your lower back. It can cause hip pain and sciatica, or shooting pains in your leg.
Thoracic radiculopathy is the most uncommon type. It's a pinched nerve in the upper part of your spine. It causes pain in your chest and torso.
Dr. Platon recognizes the different types of radiculopathy and creates treatment plans to manage each one.
Radiculopathy symptoms vary depending on the type. Symptoms common to all three include:
Dr. Platon works with you to manage the symptoms of each type of radiculopathy and resolve the pain.
There are many ways a nerve in the spine can compress, including:
Dr. Platon assesses your medical history to identify the cause of your radiculopathy. It helps her create a treatment program to prevent it from happening again.
Dr. Platon approaches radiculopathy treatment in stages.
Conservative treatment Conservative treatment is successful for most patients, with symptoms improving within 6-12 weeks. This kind of treatment includes: Physical therapy Anti-inflammatory medication Chiropractic referral Lifestyle changes to avoid putting stress on the neck or back. Radiofrequency ablation
If conservative treatment has no effect, Dr. Platon tries radiofrequency ablation. It's a long-term procedure that uses heat delivered through a radiofrequency needle to destroy damaged nerves and tissues, stopping them from transmitting pain signals to the brain.
If radiofrequency ablation doesn't work, Dr. Platon may work with another specialty to look at surgical procedures, like repairing herniated discs or removing a bone spur.
Dr. Platon's goal is to ease your pain, so you can once again enjoy a better quality of life. Make an appointment to see her today by calling the practice or using the online booking tool.