There are 32 pairs of nerve roots that exit the spinal column. These exiting nerves distribute neural

function to all parts of the body. The nerve roots can become compromised by its surrounding structures

and/ or a injury causing inflammation to the area. In many cases a radiculopathy to the cervical or lumbar

spinal regions can result in weakness, pain, numbness, tingling, or a difficulty controlling specific muscle

groups into the hands or feet.

Common injuries that can potentially cause a radiculopathy can range from improper lifting of objects to

being involved in an automobile accident. Diabetes can also cause radiculapathy due to the lack of blood

flow to the nerves and surrounding tissues resulting in numbness and tingling down the arms and feet.


To effectively treat a radiculopathy one must restore a spinal nerve root to its proper function. A systemic

review found that a chiropractic adjustment was effective in treating acute cervical and lumbar

radiculopathies. Other conservative treatment approaches include physical therapy.