Radiculopathy - radicular syndrome

In the spine area, medicine recognizes several basic types of pain. One of them is called - radicular pain. It results from damage or irritation of the nerve roots emerging from the spinal cord.

This damage bears the scientific name of radiculopathy. The main problem in radiculopathy is the spread of pain and paresthesia (tingling, etc.) from the spine to other parts of the body, pelvis, upper and lower limbs. It is therefore a matter of radiating pain spreading to areas that are not yet damaged.


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What we can offer you

The number of symptoms that accompany the radicular syndrome is quite large. It’s important to try to solve the symptoms with more than just one therapeutic measure. We offer you purely herbal concentrates. These work together to relieve radiculopathy symptoms.

Kapsamax balsam

Kapsamax balsam effectively solves problems associated with the radicular syndrome. A neurologist can help you as this condition is of neurological character. The main symptoms are different paresthesias, muscle pain and insufficient blood flow in the dermatome area.

Capsaicin, the main active ingredient of the Kapsamax ointment is an ideal remedy for the above mentioned symptoms. Originally a natural extract, capsaicin is not only a part of various phytotherapeutic agents but has also found its place in many medications produced by pharmaceutical companies. Its application to the aching area creates a pleasant warming effect. It can bring relief from tingling, numbness, pinching and return sensitivity to the affected areas. Its application also helps increase blood flow in the affected areas.

These are the main reasons why Kapsamax balsam is the right choice for neuropathy treatments and other neurological problems of mechanical origin. These are not the only benefits of Kapsamax. It contains additional herbal extracts that have analgesic properties to relieve pain.

Don’t use the product if you are experiencing nerve inflammation, surface inflammation of any kind or wound on the skin. Capsaicin helps especially with paresthesia and numbness, however in case of inflammation it can actually worsen the condition.

Salikort balsam

Another natural product that could help you with the treatment of radiculopathy symptoms is Salikort balsam. This balsam is especially beneficial in relieving muscle pain. Radiculopathy painfully affects various parts of the human body anywhere from back or neck down to lower back and the rest of the body. One can experience pain anywhere from shoulders to toes.

Muscles affected vary, however, the symptoms are similar: pain, swelling, inflammation or occasional weakness. Salikort balsam acts against all these symptoms that come with muscle pain. It is a purely natural and herbal product free from preservatives, artificial colourants or perfumes.

Herbal composition helps to gently relieve muscle pain and provide relaxation.

Ginkgo biloba and teas

Ginkgo Biloba is very popular among our products. There are many articles out there talking about ginkgo. Many scientists hoped to prove its positive effects on the cognitive abilities of a man. Although such effects have not been proven yet, generally, ginkgo is beneficial for the brain and central nervous system. We recommend regularly using ginkgo to achieve relaxation, and relief from tension of the peripheral nerves.

Tea Go and Tea Relax are worth mentioning as well. Herbal composition of these blends help bring pleasant relief from muscle pain and relieve nerve tension.

Radiculopathy causes

The main cause of radiculopathy is the compression of nerve roots that emerge from the spine in various places. These are some of the factors that contribute to the development of radiculopathy:

  • the intervertebral disc pops up,
  • formation, growth of osteophytes, bone growths on vertebrates,
  • densification of the back ligaments, which leads to narrowing of the space between the vertebrae and pressure on the nerve roots,
  • various infectious diseases, malignant and benign forms of tumors can cause changes in the skeleton of the spine and cause pressure on the spinal nerve roots.

About radiculopathy

Radiculopathy symptoms can sometimes match peripheral neuropathy symptoms. It becomes harder to tell the source of disability. The difference between neuropathy and radiculopathy is the fact that in neuropathy, the source of pain is a local peripheral nerve, in radiculopathy, we need to find the cause in the changes of nerve roots in various places of the spine.

Medicine recognizes several basic types of radiculopathy depending on which nerve is damaged and causing the symptoms. Nerve roots similar to types of radiculopathy depend on their location on the spine. Neurologists use the term dermatomes to identify sensitive areas of the skin that are supplied with nerve fibers emerging from different spinal nerve roots.

Little bit of back anatomy

The spine consists of 33 or 34 vertebrae, intervertebral discs and ligaments. Science distinguishes 7 cervical vertebrae (cervicales), 12 vertebrae thoracicae (chest vertebrae), 5 vertebrae lumbales (vertebrae lumbales), 5 vertebrae sacrales (vertebrae sacrales), which are ingrown to the sacrum and up to 4 or 5 coccyx vertebrae (coccygeae) grown into a single bone - coccyx.

Vertebrae have an opening through which one of the two essential components of our central nervous system - the spinal cord - passes. Protecting the spinal cord, along with the supporting and moving function, is one of the basic tasks of the spine. So-called spinal nerves emerge from the spinal cord. Spinal nerve pairs form spinal segments. The number of spinal segments is 31, which is largely determined by the number of vertebrae. We distinguish 8 cervical segments, 12 thoracic segments, 5 stem segments, 5 cross segments and 1 coccyx.

Spinal nerves merge into the spinal nerve roots. These combine into the front and rear spinal roots. The anterior roots lead the impulses from the center, that is, from the brain and spinal cord to the periphery, while the posterior roots lead the impulses from the peripheral nerves of the body to the brain. Depending on their functionality, they can be divided into motor and sensory. The anterior nerves are motor nerves, the posterior ones are sensory.

Radiculopathy types

Radiculopathy has its origin in various parts of the spine, which is a columnar collection of vertebrae and through which the spinal cord passes.

Nerve roots protrude from the spinal cord along the vertebrae, innervating various parts of the human body. According to the location, ie the vertebrae where the damaged nerve root of the spinal cord is located, medicine distinguishes several types of radicular syndrome. Most often it is the so-called cervical radiculopathy and lumbar radiculopathy, in other words, damage to the nerve roots of the cervical and lumbar spine. Rarely, the nerve roots of the thoracic vertebrae are affected by compression.

In cervical radiculopathy, the pain radiates from the cervical spine to the arms and upper limbs. It depends on the particular intervertebral area where the nerve root has been affected, which in turn sends nerve signals to the peripheral areas, causing various types of perception, both painful and parastetic. It can cause pinching in the individual fingers on the hands, numbness of the forearm, shoulder pain and the like.

Conversely, compression of the nerve roots of the thoracic and waist area causes painful and unpleasant discomfort in the areas from the hip, through the pelvis to the feet. Indeed, there are serious consequences of damage to these areas of the nerve root, for example, numbness of the pelvic areas may result in incontinence or erectile dysfunction.

Symptoms of radiculopathy

Radiculopathy symptoms aren’t anything pleasant but tend to be rather painful. Another nuisance is that they can affect different parts of the body and cause back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, ear pain, etc. In case of intervertebral disc herniation, there is a problem with blood flow. Edema and inflammation often follow.

Some patients may experience a temporary loss of sensitivity, problems with mobility, trouble with lifting up the head, back problems, trouble with getting up from sitting for a long time, or walking up or down the stairs. Patients feel weak and experience muscle pain. To prevent more complications, it is advised to seek medical assistance.

Radiculopathy treatment

A diagnosis comes before the treatment. In the beginning, it’s important to find out the patient’s anamnesis. The doctor considers clinical symptoms. He or she evaluates the patient’s walk and posture. Doctors also have various ways and methods to show inner physical pathological changes in the spine. They can use an x-ray, computer tomography, an MRI or electromyography.

Once the doctor has obtained an adequate picture of the patient's condition, it is time to set the optimal treatment. In the acute stage, in the case of non-subsiding pain, pharmacological treatment usually takes place and minimization of physical stress is recommended.

A wide range of pharmaceuticals are used to treat radiculopathy: analgesics, local anesthetics, opiates, corticoids, muscle relaxants, blood flow improvers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and even psychopharmaceuticals. Taking these medicines may help us in the short term, but there are also risks associated with several of these medicines that need to be carefully considered.

Apart from the success of synthetic drugs, it is necessary to change some day-to-day situations in the treatment of radiculopathy that have contributed to the onset of radicular syndrome-related problems. It is advisable to learn the proper posture and learn to strengthen the muscles.

Our company HillVital offers natural products, ointments, vitamin supplements and teas that can bring victory in every-day battles against unpleasant symptoms of various conditions and pains.