In his latest installment to the Total Spine series of instructional videos, Dr. Paul McCormick describes retropleural thoracotomy, a surgical technique used to treat complex spinal conditions of the thoracic and lumbar spine. “Retropleural thoracotomy is an important...
A nerve root is a nerve that leaves the spinal cord to branch out to other areas of the body. Radiculopathy is a condition in which a nerve root is pinched or irritated.
The pain of radiculopathy, called radicular pain, radiates from the point of injury to the areas served by that nerve.
|Causes and Risk Factors|
Radiculopathy is most often caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Both are degenerative conditions, that result from everyday wear-and-tear on the spine.
|Tests and Diagnosis|
In most cases, radiculopathy can be diagnosed with a thorough medical examination. However, further testing may be necessary to determine the cause of the radiculopathy. Possible tests include:
Many forms of radiculopathy will respond best to non-operative measures like medication and physical therapy.
When surgery is the best option, it is tailored to the cause of the radiculopathy.
Herniated discs, for example, may be treated with a cervical or lumbar microdiscectomy.
Spinal stenosis may be treated with a decompression surgery like a laminectomy.
Dr. McCormick or someone on his team can discuss the surgical and nonsurgical options, and which might be best in a particular case.
|Preparing for Your Appointment|
Dr. Paul C. McCormick is an expert in treating radiculopathy. Each doctor can also offer you a second opinion.
Helpful Surgery Overviews
Dr. McCormick will choose the treatment method specific to each patient and situation. Some of the condition’s treatment options may be listed below.
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Dr McCormick video on microsurgical resection of a synovial cyst causing severe lumbar spinal stenosis published in Operative Neurosurgery
Synovial Cysts are a benign and fairly common condition in adult patients. They can arise in most joints throughout the body. In most cases they are asymptomatic but in the spine they can enlarge to produce severe spinal stenosis and pressure on the spinal nerves...
Dr. McCormick invited speaker at 37th Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
Dr. McCormick was a featured speaker at the recent 37th Annual Joint Spine Section Annual Spine Summit meeting held in San Diego. He presented at the Innovative Technology Special Session: Operative Video Segments. His presentation was entitled “Intramedullary Tumor,...