About Radiculopathy

What is it and what are you treatment options?r
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What is Radiculopathy?

Commonly called a pinched nerve, radiculopathy refers to any disorder or disease that affects the nerve roots of the spine. The pinched nerve can occur at different areas along the spine (cervical, thoracic or lumbar).

Common Causes:

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal trauma
  • Bone spur
  • Osteoarthritis.

Athletes who play contact sports, individuals who perform manual labor, and older patients are at an increased risk for developing radiculopathy.

Symptoms you should look for are:

  • Pain
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the extremities
  • If the origin is in the neck may have difficulty grasping objects.
  • If the origin is in the lower back may have difficulty walking
  • If the origin is in the mid-back may have burning or shooting pain in the rib, side, or abdomen

When diagnosing radiculopathy, OPA Spine Specialist do the following:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-rays or MRI

Common Treatments:

There is a broad array of nonsurgical and minimally invasive radiculopathy treatment options. Our extensively trained Board Certified Spine Specialists will begin with conservative therapies first, and they will only utilize surgical techniques in the event other methods prove ineffective.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.


An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.
In cases where non-surgical treatments have not resolved the symptoms radiculopathy, our Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Team Surgeons may discuss the option of a surgical procedure. Unlike in years past, most spinal procedures can now be performed using a minimally invasive approach that requires only a small incision and significantly expedites recovery time.
While there are several Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery options for radiculopathy, the goal for any of these procedures is to remove the herniated portion of the disc(s), spinal bones or other structures to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.

Our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeons are among the most experienced in Alaska and are experts in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgical procedures.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating radiculopathy.

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment to see one of our Spine Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Spine Team

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Dr. James Eule

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Mark Flanum

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Curtis Mina

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Sean Taylor, MD

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