Non-surgical treatment options for radiculopathy include physical therapy, exercise, medication, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and/or application of heat or cold compresses. Occasionally steroids are injected around the nerves in the spinal column (epidural steroid injections – ESI) easing the pain and reducing the inflammation.
The steroid injections are done by Orlando Orthopaedic Center’s Pain Management Physicians. This is done in an outpatient surgical suite under fluoroscopy (specialized x-ray machine), which allows the steroid medication to be injected around the spinal nerves that are being affected. This may relieve the pain completely. If the pain is not relieved surgery may be indicated.
When non-surgical treatment fails patients might be a candidate for a laminectomy or a discectomy. For more information on laminectomy or discectomy click here. The spine surgeon will make the decision on which type of surgery will benefit the patient most.