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WHAT IS RADICULOPATHY AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM EXPLAINS RADICULOPATHY AFTER A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT AND HOW IT IS TREATED.

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Following a car accident, in Miami, the Personal Injury Staff at the Perazzo Law Firm understands the many types of personal injuries that motor vehicle accident victims may suffer and how they are treated by medical professionals. One of the most common car accident injuries includes Radiculopathy, which may affect several different parts of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine, usually includes pain that can be accompanied by a tingling sensation, numbness, and loss of strength.

WHAT IS RADICULOPATHY?

Radiculopathy pain, and the different sensations that come with it, occurs when there is a pinched or compressed nerve along a specific part of the spinal cord that is common after an accident in which the spinal cord experiences a whiplash type of movement. A pinched or compressed nerve involves pressure by the cartilage, muscles, or tendons that surround the affected nerve in either the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. Radiculopathy is quite common after an accident and commonly affects the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine area.

Radiculopathy can manifest itself through sharp pain that radiates through the accident victim’s spinal nerve root, reaching the hip and spreading into the lower extremities, such as the accident victim’s legs, ankles, or feet. The radiating pain associated with radiculopathy can also include tingling, loss of sensation, and loss of muscle strength.

HOW DO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS EVALUATE RADICULOPATHY AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

In Miami, the personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm understands how healthcare professionals detect and treat radiculopathy in accident victims. The simplest way to determine if there is radiculopathy present along the spinal cord is by palpitation and a physical examination that includes determining the range of motion, extension, or flexion of the neck, arms, or legs, as well as the symptoms and degree of pain described by the patient. However, the most effective way of evaluating spinal cord injuries is by having MRI studies carried out to pinpoint the exact location of the injury along the spinal cord. As stated above, radiculopathy may include numbness, tingling, and loss of strength of the neck, arm, or leg muscles.

HOW DO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TREAT RADICULOPATHY AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

After radiculopathy has be determined to be the cause of pain and discomfort in an accident victim, a healthcare professional will most often instruct their patient to consult a chiropractor or physical therapist. This type of healthcare professional will most often prescribe a regime of physical therapy, which will include neck or back exercises, to be carried out either at a physical therapy treatment center or at home. A healthcare professional may also prescribe pain relief medication to accompany their physical therapy sessions, which may range from 2 – 8 weeks depending on the severity of the personal injuries incurred in the accident. More severe degrees of radiculopathy may include spinal cord epidural steroid injection therapy and / or cervical traction, which involves stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles to ease the pressure of the muscles on the compressed nerves causing radiculopathy.

Perazzo-Law-Staff-300x296If you, a friend, or relative have suffered personal injury in a car accident or slip & fall accident, in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends seeking professional medical attention to determine whether there is damage to the spinal cord which in turn, can cause radiculopathy. Furthermore, the personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm suggests contacting our Miami or North Miami Beach offices ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation to find out whether you have a case for filing an insurance claim for compensation to cover medical expenses or financial losses after an accident.

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The above-mentioned information is not meant to replace or substitute professional medical care and should not be taken as medical advice. The above mentioned is taken from years of dealing with motor vehicle accident victims that have sought professional medical care and treated for radiculopathy.
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