Radicular problems is an issue that takes place when something fails with the nerve roots in the vertebrae and Dr. Ernst treats quite a few clients from the Arlington region who are dealing with this. These nerves send messages from your brain to the rest of your body and when they’re injured it can lead to pain, numbness, tingling and other problems. Radicular pain can be very unmanageable to your life, making it an issue to do even the simplest tasks.
There are a lot of possible causes of radicular problems, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Herniated discs are a frequent cause of radicular pain and happen when the soft inner tissue of the disc bulges out through a split in the outer casing. This puts duress on the nearby nerve roots and cause issues. Spinal stenosis is a condition that develops when the spaces within your spine become slimmer, which can also lead to pressure on the nerve roots. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips out of place and onto the bone below it, which can also make pressure on the nerve roots.
Radicular pain can be caused by trauma like a car wreck or can happen from aging and degeneration. As we age, our discs and vertebrae have reduced flexibility and that can result in nerve problems.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the spine and nervous system. Dr. Ernst in Arlington uses several techniques including adjustments, manipulation and massage to help decrease discomfort and increase function. If you have had radicular pain, don’t hesitate to call us at (360) 659-8464 for an appointment.
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