Radicular pain, or radiating pain, is caused by obstruction or pinching of the spinal nerves. This creates pain, tingling, or numbness in areas of your body far from the real origin of the problem. In our years of treating whiplash injuries in our Portland clinic, we find that radiating pain is very common after a crash.
If your spine is injured during a motor vehicle accident, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves.
Damaged ligaments and muscular tissues can cause inflammation of the nerve root, which can disrupt the performance of the nerve. If a vertebral disk is injured, it can cause the disk to protrude or herniate, pinching the nerve. And if the spinal joints start to calcify, it can result in spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the passage that the spinal nerves travel through.
The secret to relieving radicular pain is to pinpoint the precise source of the problem causing the impingement and then work to alleviate the force on the nerve.
If you have been in a car crash and have symptoms of radicular pain, Dr. Helton is here to help. We can help establish the underlying cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) improve from these sorts of problems.
To see how we can help you, give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974.