Spine Archive: Radiculopathy

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

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The SI joint or sacroiliac joint is located next to the bottom of the spine, connecting the triangular bone called the sacrum to the pelvis. it is not entirely understood how this pain manifests but it’s theorized that a change in the normal movement of the sacroiliac joint leads to this symptom. Pain associated with the SI joint is often experienced in the lower back and hip region.

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Who is at Risk for Radiculopathy?

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Patients who work in physically demanding environments or patients who play contact sports have a higher risk of developing radiculopathy. This is because excessive or strenuous movement of the spine can result in compression of the spinal cord and nerves. Patients who also have a family history or who have other spinal disorders are prone to developing radiculopathy.

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Radiculopathy

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Radicular pain is typically caused by compression along the spine, among other symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and weakness. This condition is also referred to as radiculopathy when as nerves are compressed. Radiculopathy can occur in any area of the spine but is generally present in the lower back and neck.

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Surgical Treatment for Radiculopathy and Myelopathy, Western New York

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Anterior decompression can be performed, as initially described in the classic study by Smith and Robinson. When there is a central disk herniation, significant uncovertebral spurring, or central canal stenosis, anterior decompression is the most direct means of decompressing the neural elements. Transverse incisions are made for one, two, or arguably three levels, and oblique incisions may be necessary for longer exposures. The level of incision can be guided by anatomic landmarks.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.

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Radiculopathy, Buffalo New York

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Patients who come to the physician for evaluation of cervical spine disorders typically complain of neck pain, arm pain, generalized neurologic dysfunction, or some combination of these symptoms. They also may have weakness or sensory disturbance, and occasionally patients may have a painless radiculopathy.¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.

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Radiculopathy and Surgery

In contrast to axial neck pain, radiculopathy responds well to a variety of surgical treatments. When an appropriate course of nonsurgical management has failed, and radiculopathy persists, the surgeon can offer greater than 90% success rates with surgical intervention. Clinically significant myelopathy is generally believed to be an indication for surgical intervention.

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.