Radicular Pain – Do you have it?

September 21, 2018

Radicular Pain – What is it and do I have it?

Leg pain can sometimes include other symptoms like numbness, muscle atrophy or being less reactive. Alternatively, can there be a deeper underlying issue? Radicular pain is one that radiates deep to lower region of the body, down to the spinal nerve root. Compression, inflammation or injury to a spinal nerve arising from conditions such as a herniated disc, foraminal stenosis or peridural fibrosis are all causes.

Most complaints surrounding this type of pain are usually labeled as sciatica, or radiculopathy.  This is pain that reaches through the sciatic nerve down the thigh.  It can also further into the calf or foot if severe enough. 

This sounds like me! How do I know for sure?

Reach out to your primary care physician to schedule an appointment.  First it is important to rule out other possible conditions.  Other contributing factors can cause similar symptoms.  There is no way to know for certain until your primary care physician assess all of your complaints and medical history.

Radicular Pain



Radicular pain can be effectively treated without the use of invasive surgery.  Here is a short list of what you can ask your physician about to help relieve this pain: 

  1. Rehabilitative Exercises
  2. Massage Therapy
  3. Physical Therapy
  4. Medications
  5. Epidural Injections

What if it isn’t working?

If alternative medicine isn’t working, we first recommend exploring other alternative treatments. These include speaking with your trusted Chiropractor or Acupuncturist.  If that route does not provide optimum relief, then you may need to speak with your primary care physician.  Your doctor may discuss decompressive surgery, such as a laminectomy or discectomy.  

It is very important to note that alternative care methods take time and effort.  If you do not feel relief from a Radicular pain after 1 session, do not be discouraged.  Give yourself several months to work toward improvement and healing.  The body will naturally respond to these methods over time.  


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