Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
Cervical radiculopathy occurs due to sustained damage at the root of the spinal nerves in the neck. These nerve root injuries are commonly referred to as “pinched nerves” and cause pain and numbness in the neck that radiates down the shoulder and into the arm.
- Sharp pain or a pins and needles sensation
- Muscle weakness
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly known as sciatica, is pain in the lower extremities that radiates from the lumbar spine (lower back). Pain is caused by compression at the roots of the spinal nerves, and generally causes discomfort in the lower back, hips and thighs, and travels down the legs. Compression most often occurs when the jelly-like substance in the intravertebral discs puts pressure on the nerves, either by bulging out or by leaking out through a tear in the disc membrane.
- Pain radiating through the lower extremities
- A “popping sound” when moving the lower
- Difficulty moving the lower extremities