Nerve Compression / Radiculopathy

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Nerve compression occurs when normal anatomical structures such as bones and intervertebral discs are distorted from their normal position. Nerve compression often results from age-related degenerative changes (eg, spondylosis) or traumatic injuries (herniated intervertebral disc). Symptoms of nerve compression include pain, numbness, and weakness. Spinal cord compression may be painless but cause debilitating weakness, difficulty walking, loss of dexterity, and bowel and bladder dysfunction.


Nerve compression or spinal cord compression can occur at any point in the spine but are most common in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back). Thoracic spine nerve compression is much less common because the thoracic spine connects to the rib cage which serves as an internal brace for the spine and limits its exposure to external stress.

Cervical nerve compression typically affects the neck and upper extremities. If there is involvement of the spinal cord at the level of the cervical spine it may cause dysfunction in the legs as well. Lumbar nerve compression exclusively causes low back and lower extremity symptoms.


Symptoms of nerve compression vary considerably, depending on the location and type. This condition most often affects the limbs, torso, or extremities. Symptoms are usually the most prevalent at the site of compression, but the associated pain and swelling can also affect surrounding areas.

Common symptoms of nerve compression include:

  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain at the site of the nerve
  • Redness, swelling, or inflammation at the compression site
  • Muscle pain or tingling
  • Loss of mobility or decreased flexibility
  • While rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to treat nerve compression and its symptoms, in persistent cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on a pinched nerve.


Treating nerve compression is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ditty to discuss your surgical options. Dr. Ditty and his team will guide you through the steps you need to take for pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical recovery, including nonsurgical lifestyle changes to prevent further compression issues.

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December 2021

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December 2021

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October 2021

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