Symptoms of a Radiculopathy
The most common symptom of lumbar radiculopathy is sciatica. The most common symptom of cervical radiculopathy is pain that radiates down into your arms from your neck.
This disease is often caused by direct pressure from a herniated disc or degenerative changes in the lumbar spine that cause irritation and inflammation of the nerve roots. Radiculopathy usually creates a pattern of pain and numbness that is felt in your arms or your legs in the area of skin supplied by the sensory fibers of the nerve root, and weakness in the muscles that are also supplied by the same nerve root. The number of roots that are involved can vary, from one to several, and it can also affect both sides of the body at the same time.