Radiculopathy

Pain Management of Oklahoma

Pain Management Physicians located in Broken Arrow, OK & Sand Springs, OK

Radiculopathy — often called a pinched nerve — is a very common condition that leads to pain, numbness, and tingling. But with the help of Brent Henderson, DO, and Jeff Halford, DO, at Pain Management of Oklahoma, you can get started on an effective radiculopathy treatment at the practice locations in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Call the location nearest you directly to book an appointment today.

Radiculopathy Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

You have several small bones called vertebrae that make up your spinal column. Along the hollow center of your vertebral column lies your spinal cord. Attached to your spinal cord are countless nerve roots that split off and extend out between your vertebrae. 

If vertebral spaces narrow or pressure otherwise occurs on any of your nerves, a painful condition known as radiculopathy occurs. Radiculopathy can develop in your lower back (lumbar), middle back (thoracic), or upper back and neck (cervical). 

What causes radiculopathy?

Oftentimes, radiculopathy develops gradually over time because of an underlying condition. You can suffer from radiculopathy issues for a number of reasons, including:

  • Brittle bones (osteoporosis) 
  • Injury or trauma
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Bone spurs 
  • Arthritis 

Decreased blood flow, often associated with diabetes, can increase your risk of radiculopathy, too. Radiculopathy can even occur because of trauma, such as a car accident. 

How do I know if I have radiculopathy?

The only way to know for certain that you have radiculopathy is to come in to Pain Management of Oklahoma for an exam. Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may gather X-ray images, electrical nerve impulse testing (electromyography), or other screenings to confirm that you have radiculopathy. Your doctor also needs to know about all of your symptoms, which may include:

  • Sharp, shooting pains that extend into your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness or numbness in your extremities
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature changes

Before neuropathy worsens and prevents you from participating in enjoyable activities, contact Pain Management of Oklahoma for an evaluation. 

Can I get treatment for radiculopathy?

Yes! Plenty of research-driven, integrative radiculopathy treatments are available at Pain Management of Oklahoma. Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve block injections 

The goal of your radiculopathy treatment plan from Pain Management of Oklahoma is to relieve any current symptoms you have and prevent them from coming back. Dr. Henderson and Dr. Halford are diligent about resolving nerve pain flare-ups and helping your nerves heal. 

Pain Management of Oklahoma provides pain-relieving therapies for radiculopathy. Before your discomfort worsens, schedule an exam either online or by phone with any office today.