Radiculopathy Spinal Injuries and Personal Injury Claims
Although radiculopathy may be caused by a wide variety of conditions and diseases, it can also be caused by a radiculopathy injury that results from an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence. You may need personal injury legal help if you have been the innocent victim of an accident in which you suffered a radiculopathy injury.
Your spinal cord is the part of your nervous system that relays messages to and from your brain. Your spinal cord extends down from your brain through your spinal canal that is inside of your vertebral column. These are the bone disks that compose your spine.
You have nerves that branch off of your spinal cord. They are an extension of your spinal cord. These nerves send signals to and from muscles and other structures all over your body. The incoming signals that travel to your brain allow it to interpret information from your body, such as pain, touch and sense of position. The outgoing signals from your brain allow it to control actions of your organs and muscle movements.
Radiculopathy is a broad term that is used in reference to any disease that involves your spinal nerves and spinal nerve roots. Radiculopathy is a term that is used when you have a problem with the roots of your nerves.
Radiculopathy is a type of neuropathy. Neuropathy is another broad term that is used to refer to any condition in which your nerves do not work like they ought to.
Possible Reasons for Resulting Radiculopathy
As mentioned at the beginning, radiculopathy may result from a wide variety of conditions and diseases. Some of these are:
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs that put excessive pressure on your nerves
- Pinched or inflamed nerves that do not get the right amount of blood flow
- Bone spurs that result from a degenerated disc
- Any disease or condition that damages your nerves
However, radiculopathy can also be caused by an accident that results from a radiculopathy injury. A radiculopathy injury can be the result of an auto accident or some other kind of accident that another party may have been responsible for due to their negligence.
Signs you may sustained Radiculopathy injury
There are several signs and symptoms, which may indicate that you have sustained a radiculopathy injury. These signs and symptoms will be determined by your particular nerves that have been affected by the accident. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Pain from the middle of your back that moves (radiates) to your chest
- Severe pain
- Localized neck or back pain
- Hypersensitivity (pain) even when you are touched lightly in your affected area
- Weakness in your muscles that are controlled by your affected nerves
- Lower back pain (sciatica)
- Numbness, pain and tingling in your legs and/or arms
The important thing that you need to know is if you have radiculopathy that has resulted from a radiculopathy injury because you were the innocent victim of some type of accident that was due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. What you need to do is contact a personal injury attorney and discuss your radiculopathy injury with him or her.