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Radiculopathy is the result of irritation to one or more nerve roots in the spinal column. Determining the precise location of the nerve compression or irritation is essential to determine the best course of treatment. One method is to test for sensation and movement of the affected area. For instance, if there is tingling or numbness in the left leg, nerve conduction studies may be ordered to locate the precise location of the nerve root.

Many conditions can cause radiculopathy, but the most common are disc herniation and bone spurs as a result of disc degeneration. Degenerative disc disease is a common occurrence in those over the age of 50 and may require some type of surgical intervention to obtain relief. In the case of disc herniation (a bulging disc), surgery is often the only way to resolve the pain and discomfort of radiculopathy.

Finding Relief from Radiculopathy
For many years, the preferred surgical treatment of radiculopathy was an open procedure performed either anteriorly or posteriorly. Either approach involves cutting through layers of supporting muscle tissue, requiring a long recovery time and extended rehabilitation. The Bonati Institute offers an alternative to this traditional, invasive surgical procedure. The recovery time for this newer option is shorter and the rehabilitation process begins almost immediately.

The surgeons at The Bonati Institute perform outpatient back surgeries to relieve radiculopathy with the latest arthroscopic laser techniques. Limited access is all that is required to complete the surgery--that means only a small bandage is needed to cover the incision. All back surgery at The Bonati Institute is done under local anesthesia.

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