Many patients begin to feel radiculitis symptoms through a tingling sensation, numbness or muscle weakness. It is important during the diagnosis period to understand if you're suffering from cervical, thoracic or lumbar radiculitis symptoms.

Radiculitis can lead to discomfort and even muscle weakening if the problem is left untreated. One of the most common types of radiculitis is sciatica, which can lead to pain in the lower spine, lower back, buttocks and upper thighs and calves.

Radiculitis symptoms begin with pain, which eventually becomes a tingling sensation, numbness and muscle weakness. Early on, the pain will be mild and some may think they’re only suffering from minor muscular pain or soreness. However, when radiculitis is left untreated, the symptoms will worsen and it might become difficult for a person to deal with day-to-day activities.

During an evaluation, a physician will ask you questions about the symptoms you’re suffering to determine if it’s cervical, thoracic or lumbar radiculitis.

Cervical radiculitis

When nerve roots at the upper part of the spine are compressed, a person might experience cervical radiculitis. Some of the symptoms associated with cervical radiculitis include:

  • Neck aches
  • Pain extending into the arms, hands or fingers
  • Numbness in the upper extremities
  • Muscular weakness in the arms or hands

Thoracic radiculitis

When the nerve roots are compressed in the thoracic spine, chest pain is the most common symptom. Some other signs of thoracic radiculitis include:

  • Muscle tightness or spasms in the upper back
  • Pain in the shoulders
  • Weakened muscles in the shoulders, arms or back
  • “Shocking” sensation in the thoracic area

Lumbar radiculitis

Affecting the lower region of the spine, lumbar radiculitis symptoms will mainly occur in the lower extremities. As previously mentioned, sciatica is one of the most common forms of radiculitis, specifically of lumbar radiculitis. Some of the symptoms associated with lumbar radiculitis include:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain extended into the legs, buttocks or back of the thighs
  • Numbness of the lower extremities
  • Hip pain
  • Tingling and muscle weakness

Some early signs of compressed nerves can include skin sensitivity, which could get worse as the nerves become more damaged.

If you are feeling pain or discomfort, it is important to get an evaluation to determine if you’re suffering from a medical issue. As your condition can worsen without treatment, getting evaluated and diagnosed as soon as possible is important.

The professionals at The Bonati Spine Institute can provide a no-obligation review of your CT scan or MRI to determine if you are suffering from radiculitis. Visit our website to learn more about radiculitis and its associated symptoms.


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