Radiculopathy (cont.)

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What is the outlook for radiculopathy?

The outlook for radiculopathy is good. The majority of patients respond well to conservative treatment options. Those patients that need surgical procedures typically obtain good results as well with no long-term restrictions.

  • Radiculopathy is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve as it exits the spinal column.
  • Symptoms of radiculopathy include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Most patients with radiculopathy respond well to conservative treatment including medications, physical therapy, or chiropractic treatment.
  • Often radiculopathy can resolve within 6 weeks to 3 months.


"Malanga, Gerard A., et al. "Lumbosacral Radiculopathy." Medscape. 22 Aug. 2012.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/8/2013

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