Radiating Arm Pain (Radiculopathy)



Radiating arm pain (a form of radiculopathy) describes a range of symptoms produced by the pinching of a nerve root in the spinal column. The pinched nerve can occur in different areas along the spine, and that location determines if you experience pain that radiates into your arms or legs instead.

The severity and source of your arm pain can be critical in understanding what form of therapy is necessary to treat your condition. This form of arm pain should not be confused with the sudden radiating sensation brought on by a heart attack. Instead, this pain is a constant and gradually worsening pain that extends down the arm.

Symptoms Of Radiculopathy

Patients suffering from radiating arm pain can expect it to affect their quality of life. The pain can be relentless and can either physically prevent you from performing routine tasks, or the fear of painful motions can create a mental block that discourages you from engaging in activities you normally love. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain, both chronic and acute 
  • Weakness 
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Causes of Arm Pain

A common cause of radiculopathy in the arm is the narrowing of the space where nerve roots exit the spine. When you feel pain in your arms, this most likely means the location of the pinched nerve is higher on the spine and is influencing the nerves that run down the arms. Conditions that could be the cause of arm pain include:

Treating Radiating Arm Pain With Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

If you are experiencing arm pain that is chronic and worsens over time, you may be suffering from a spinal condition that is damaging the nerves in your neck and back. Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive procedure that relieves pressure on the joints in your spine. This gentle stretching allows nutrient-rich blood to repair the damaged cells and reduce inflammation. Call or book a consultation online with the specialists at West Texas Neck and Back to find relief from your pain!

For more information on spinal decompression therapy, contact our experts today. You don’t have to live with chronic arm pain.