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  • Writer's pictureChristopher nour

Radiculopathy: Nervy Times If You Are Unsure Of The Cause.

Radiculopathy is a medical condition that occurs when the nerve roots that exit the spinal cord become compressed or irritated. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or other neurological symptoms that radiate into the arms, legs, or other parts of the body. Radiculopathy can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis.

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, can be a highly effective treatment option for radiculopathy. Our physiotherapists are trained to evaluate and diagnose musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and to develop individualised treatment plans to help patients manage their symptoms, improve their mobility and function, and prevent future injuries.

Here are some ways that physiotherapy can be used to treat radiculopathy:

  1. Manual therapy: This involves hands-on techniques such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, and stretching to improve joint and muscle mobility, reduce pain, and increase range of motion.

  2. Exercise therapy: Specific exercises can help to strengthen weak muscles, improve posture, and restore normal movement patterns. Strengthening the muscles around the affected area can help to stabilise the spine and reduce pressure on the nerve roots.

  3. Modalities: Modalities such as heat, ice, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound can help to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

  4. Education and advice: Our physiotherapists can educate patients on proper body mechanics and posture, and provide advice on how to modify daily activities to avoid exacerbating symptoms. They can also help patients develop strategies for managing their symptoms, such as pacing their activities and using ergonomic equipment.

  5. Referral for further treatment: In some cases, physiotherapists may refer patients for further treatment such as imaging or to a specialist for more intensive interventions such as injection therapy or surgery.

It is important to note that every patient is unique, and the most effective physiotherapy treatment plan will depend on the specific type and severity of radiculopathy, as well as the patient's individual needs and goals. Our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment and work with the patient to develop a personalised treatment plan.

Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for radiculopathy. By addressing the underlying cause of the condition and using a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, modalities, education, and referral for further treatment if necessary, our physiotherapists can help patients manage their symptoms, improve their function and mobility, and prevent future injuries. If you are experiencing symptoms of radiculopathy, book in a consult today and start your journey to recovery.

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