Get the details on paresthesia.


The term radiculopathy refers not to a particular condition, but rather to various medical symptoms. In turn, it does not in itself lead to paresthesia. The situations that bring it on, though, can lead to paresthesia, as that is one of the symptoms that can be a part of radiculopathy. On this page, some of the medical causes of this situation are covered.

Degenerative disc disease

In general, this situation takes place when a person ages. However, it does not always bring on the pain that is associated with radiculopathy -- but in some people, this does result. Of course, paresthesia is one of the potential symptoms of this condition. In certain cases, pain can occur in the neck. When this happens, the patient might also get headaches and other symptoms. There are various options for treatment, and usually surgery is not required.

Spinal stenosis

In a patient who has spinal stenosis, there is an atypical narrowing that impacts the spinal canal. Numbness and pain are a couple of symptoms that might result. This situation can occur in, at least, cervical or lumbar forms. Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) is the diagnostic method of choice, at the time. Particular medical signs are also taken into account, as a narrowing in and of itself does not necessarily indicate that it is spinal stenosis in particular.

Disc herniation

This is a situation involving a hernia of the middle area of a spinal disc. It can result in radiculopathy. Sometimes, it is referred to as a slipped disc, although this term is not especially accurate. Symptoms that are felt by the patient may vary, in part based on where in the spine the disc herniation has taken place. Paresthesia and pain are two of the possible symptoms. The person might also experience sciatica. In some situations, there may be no discomfort at all, or sometimes a minor level of pain. Normal wear and traumatic injuries can both lead to disc herniation. Certain genetic factors can lead to its occurrence at a higher rate. Most herniated discs heal over time, but some do require surgeries. Medicine, such as pain relievers, may also be used for treatment of symptoms.

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