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Radiculopathy Treatment Information
We provide you access to advanced therapies for treatment of radiculopathy pain, including:
- Pain medicines. Both narcotic and non-narcotic pain medicines may relieve pain associated with radiculopathy. However, narcotic pain medicines may have side effects such as nausea, vomiting and drowsiness and cause dependency. You should take all pain medicines exactly as your physician prescribes and communicate with them about any side effects you experience.
- Antidepressants. Chronic pain may cause you to feel depressed or anxious. Depression may actually make your pain treatments less effective, so it is important to seek treatment for this condition. Our physicians may prescribe you antidepressants, which improve your quality of life and ensure you are getting the maximum benefit out of your pain treatment.
- Psychological counseling. Our physicians may refer you to expert psychologists or psychiatrists who teach you strategies to cope with your pain. Counseling helps you work through the emotions associated with chronic pain and understand its affect on your life. These counselors also connect you to support groups and other resources for people with chronic pain.
- Injection therapy. Steroids reduce inflammation associated with radiculopathy, reducing pain. Our physicians safely inject steroids directly into the area of your spine affected by radiculopathy. Injections are administered in the pain management offices. Our physicians apply a local anesthetic to the area before injecting steroids. These medicines offer long-lasting relief, but may have side effects such as elevated blood pressure or weight gain. Your physician will help you manage these side effects. Steroid injections can be repeated if pain returns.
- Nerve stimulation. Stimulating nerves with electrical pulses may disrupt pain signals, keeping them from causing you to feel pain. To stimulate nerves, small wires called electrodes are inserted directly into the affected nerves. The wires connect to a small generator that sends electrical pulses. To test if this treatment works for you, your physician may insert the wires temporarily. You should begin experiencing pain relief within 15 minutes and feel a tingling sensation instead of pain. Once it is determined that this treatment helps you, both the wires and generator is implanted into your torso in an outpatient surgical procedure. If you no longer require nerve stimulation, the device can be easily removed and the procedure reversed.
- Intrathecal pain pump. Pain pumps are implanted into your torso during a short outpatient surgical procedure for long-lasting, automatic pain relief. Pain pumps contain pain medicines that are dispensed through a catheter (thin tube) directly into your spinal fluid. These medicines provide strong relief with smaller doses, reducing your risk of side effects. Pain pumps are most commonly used for patients with intense chronic pain. Pain pumps can be removed easily if they are no longer needed.
- Physical therapy. Our physicians may refer you to physical therapy for further pain relief. Physical therapists use hot and cold therapies, stretches, massage and exercise to relieve your radiculopathy pain. They also help you maintain your back function and prevent stiffness.
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Radiculopathy Support Services
Find out more about the causes and treatment solutions to radiculopathy pain at the websites below:
A Sampling of Radiculopathy Support Services
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains the symptoms, causes and treatments of sciatica.
OrthoInfo: Cervical Radiculopathy
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons includes diagrams and videos to explain how bone spurs develop and cause cervical radiculopathy.
The National Institutes of Health features links to many resources on the diagnosis, treatment and research of sciatica.