Radicular pain, or radiating pain, is created by interference or pinching of the spinal nerves. This will cause pain, tingling, or numbness in parts of your body far from the actual origin of the problem.
If your spine is damaged during a motor vehicle accident, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves.
Damaged ligaments and muscles can cause inflammation of the nerve root, which can affect the function of the nerve. If a vertebral disk is weakened, it can cause the disk to protrude or herniate, compressing the nerve. And if the vertebral joints start to calcify, it can lead to spinal stenosis, or a constricting of the passage that the spinal nerves travel through.
The answer to treating radicular pain is to locate the actual origin of the condition causing the impingement and then work to reduce the strain on the nerve.
If you've been in a crash and have symptoms of radicular pain, Dr. Stern is here to help. We can help identify the root cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in San Francisco, CA recover from these sorts of problems.
Call our San Francisco, CA office today at (415) 308-7636 for a consultation or for more information.