Radiculopathy occurs when a nerve in the spine becomes compressed or irritated. This can be caused by a pinched nerve that does not receive proper blood flow, herniated discs or bone spurs. When radiculopathy develops, the individual may experience symptoms including:
- Pain radiating to the shoulders and down the arms to the hands
- Pain traveling from the lower back to the thigh, leg and foot
- Difficulty controlling the muscles
- Tingling, numbness, burning or weakness in the arms and legs.