Definitions for radiculopathy
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Any disease of the spinal nerve roots and spinal nerves.
Radiculopathy refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves is affected and does not work properly. The emphasis is on the nerve root. This can result in pain, weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles. In a radiculopathy, the problem occurs at or near the root of the nerve, along the spine. However, the pain or other symptoms often radiate to the part of the body served by that nerve. For example, a nerve root impingement in the neck can produce pain and weakness in the forearm. Likewise, an impingement in the lower back or lumbar-sacral spine can be manifested with symptoms in the foot. Radiculopathy may also manifest in an extremity through a process called referred pain, where pain is not felt in the spine at all, just in the extremity. Polyradiculopathy refers to the condition where more than one spinal nerve root is affected.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Disease involving a spinal nerve root (see SPINAL NERVE ROOTS) which may result from compression related to INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISPLACEMENT; SPINAL CORD INJURIES; SPINAL DISEASES; and other conditions. Clinical manifestations include radicular pain, weakness, and sensory loss referable to structures innervated by the involved nerve root.
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