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|
|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.
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.
As a public service to its readers, New York Magazine annually publishes its roster of Best Doctors, arranged by specialty, from communities in the New York City metropolitan area. For the 16th year in a row, Dr. Paul C. McCormick has made this prestigious list in the...
Dr. Paul McCormick Once Again Invited to Speak Before International Gathering of Spinal Neurosurgeons
Lifelong learning is an essential aspect of spinal neurosurgery. Indeed, the top spinal neurosurgeons keep avidly up to date with the frontiers of their field, while also achieving an unprecedented depth of knowledge in their field. Dr. Paul McCormick is exactly that...