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Following the nerve pathway chart can help identify the areas that may be causing pain, numbness, weakness or tingling on a patient. Pain that radiates along the path of a specific nerve as the response of pressure on the nerve (pinched nerve) is referred to as radicular pain or radiculitis.

Per example, a patient that has a nerve root pinched along the L4 pathway may experience symptoms on the lower back, front of the thigh, down to the big toe.

 

Follow Your Back/Neck Pain to the Source

Correct diagnosis is one of the keys to the success of any spinal surgery.   Physicians utilize the patient’s medical history, imaging studies and a physical examination to determine the condition that is causing the patient’s symptoms.

Following the nerve pathway chart can help identify the areas that may be causing pain, numbness, weakness or tingling on a patient. Pain that radiates along the path of a specific nerve as the response of pressure on the nerve (pinched nerve) is referred to as radicular pain or radiculitis.

Per example, a patient that has a nerve root pinched along the L4 pathway may experience symptoms on the lower back, front of the thigh, down to the big toe.

The severity of the impingement on the nerve, as well as the length of time that the nerve has been pinched can produce different symptoms, and unless treated can lead to nerve damage.

You don't have to live with pain. If you have been experiencing pain, weakness  and/or burning along any of the nerve pathways for more than 3-4 months, you may require surgery.  To find out if you are a surgical candidate you can contact the Bonati Spine Institute  to arrange for a review of your MRI studies.