Radiculopathy

Texas Spine Consultants

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Addison, TX & Plano, TX

Also known as a pinched or compressed nerve, radiculopathy can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, numbness, and tingling in your back and extremities. Michael Ware Hennessy, MD, at Texas Spine Consultants, LLP in Addison, Texas, is an orthopedic spine specialist who provides comprehensive care for radiculopathy and can develop a treatment plan that gets you relief from your symptoms. Call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Radiculopathy Q & A

What is radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is a condition that develops when the nerve root from your spine becomes pinched or damaged. The nerve root is the nerve that travels out from your spine through the narrow openings in your vertebrae to send the necessary signals to all the parts of your body.

Radiculopathy is classified based on the part of your spine the nerve root is irritated, and includes:

  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Thoracic radiculopathy
  • Lumbar radiculopathy


Radiculopathy most often occurs in the lumbar and cervical areas. Lumbar radiculopathy is also known as sciatica.

What are the symptoms of radiculopathy?

Compression of your nerve root causes inflammation of the nerve and a variety of pain symptoms. Common symptoms that may indicate radiculopathy include:

  • Pain in your back, legs, arms, or shoulders
  • Weakness in your extremities
  • Pins and needles in your hands or feet
  • Abnormal pain sensations, referred to as paresthesia


Your pain may worsen with certain activities, such as walking, lifting items, or even sneezing.

What causes radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy usually develops when there’s a change in the tissue that surrounds your spine that leads to the compression of the nerve root. Some common conditions that cause radiculopathy include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis


Infections in the spine and abnormal growths may also lead to radiculopathy; however, these causes are less common.

How is radiculopathy treated?

Dr. Hennessy develops a personalized treatment plan for your radiculopathy based on the underlying cause. The goal of your treatment is to reduce the compression and irritation to relieve your symptoms.

Treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections


If the compression is severe and you don’t respond well to the less invasive treatments, Dr. Hennessy may recommend surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve and help you get relief from your symptoms. Dr. Hennessy may be able to use a minimally invasive procedure, such as the XLIF® lumbar interbody fusion, to relieve your discomfort and reduce your recovery time.

Radiculopathy can cause a number of symptoms that affect your quality of life. For expert management aimed at getting you the relief you need, call Texas Spine Consultants, LLP today, or book an appointment using the online booking tool.