Peripheral neuropathy, when it affects the spine, is known as radiculopathy. It affects the nerves that radiate from the central nervous system. Inflammation, tears, and pinching of nerves can lead to this condition. Pressure builds on these nerves because of repeated heavy loads from activities such as lifting weights and this can hamper the supply of blood to these parts. Herniated discs that pressurize nerves result in this painful condition. Nerves that originate from the spine correspond to different parts of the body; therefore, symptoms arising in related parts can indicate the site of the damage.
Symptoms of radiculopathy include:
- Tingling in appendages
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- And extreme sensitivity to touch.
Lumbar radiculopathy affects the lower back; cervical radiculopathy affects the neck; and thoracic radiculopathy happens when the nerves in the middle section of the spine get pinched.
While it is possible to improve a patient’s condition with prescription medicine and therapy, sometimes, surgery may be required to treat the affected nerve. It is important to know that this condition is treatable, and there is no reason why you have to live with the pain. This said, some residual effects of radiculopathy are felt by most sufferers.
Radiculopathy affects your quality of life and limits your ability to execute certain functions. This can interfere with your ability to earn a stable income. Cost of treatment and lost income can quickly multiply. Insurers and employers should compensate on their own; if they don’t then you need to pursue for compensation.
Alex R. Hernandez Jr. is committed to helping radiculopathy patients obtain just and fair compensation as early as possible. We know Texas laws that govern radiculopathy cases, and we are aware of the steps the accused take to avoid paying up. Contact us for an initial consultation.