Your spine is made of many bones called vertebrae, and your spinal cord runs through a canal in the center of these bones. Nerve roots split from the cord and travel between the vertebrae into various areas of your body. When these nerve roots become pinched or damaged, the resulting symptoms are called radiculopathy.
Symptoms of radiculopathy include pain, weakness, loss of reflexes, numbness, tingling or other sensations in the arms or legs.
Radiculopathy is often caused by a stenosis or 'narrowing' of the space between each vertebra called the intervertebral foramina or 'IVF.'
Stenosis occurs when the IVF are narrowed by the bone spurs, displaced vertebra, or a thickening of spinal ligaments or other tissues.
The nerves that control the muscles in your arms emerge from your spinal cord and travel through the spaces in between the vertebrae of your neck called 'intervertebral foramen' or IVF for short. Once through the IVF, those spinal nerves travel down into your arms and hands. Those same nerves also collect sensory signals from your arms and send them back to your spinal cord and up to your brain.
Likewise, the nerves that control the muscles in your legs emerge from your spinal cord and travel through the IVF or your lumbar spine. Once through the IVF, those spinal nerves travel down into your legs and feet. Those same nerves also transmit sensory signals from your arms and send them up your spinal cord to your brain.
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for bulging or herniated discs as well as vertebral misalignment or joint dysfunction. Improvements in these conditions can relieve nerve root pressure and improve symptoms of radiculopathy.