Neurology for Nerves & Muscles
Statistics show that over 80% of adults will experience back pain sometime during their lives. What most people don’t realize is that there are many possible treatments for back pain and related spinal conditions such as radiculopathy, myopathy and neuropathy.
LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY (SCIATICA):
Lumbar radiculopathy is an irritation or compression of nerves in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, damage in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica, most often characterized by pain on one side of the buttocks and down one leg, may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spine.
Myopathy is a muscle disease characterized by weakening and atrophy of the muscles. Muscle weakness occurs primarily in the upper arms, shoulders, pelvis and thighs. During advanced stages of myopathy, the distal muscles of the hands and feet may also be affected. Patients with myopathy may experience other symptoms such as aching, cramps, pain, stiffness and tenderness. Patients may also feel fatigued from light physical activity. Weakness in the pelvic and leg muscles may make walking, getting up from a chair and climbing stairs difficult, as well.
Neuropathy is not an isolated disease. It is a complication that can be caused by several different underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes. Neuropathy is simply nerve pain caused by nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system, which is outside the brain and spinal cord (which comprise the central nervous system).
Any condition that causes lower back pain for more than a few days should be treated as soon as possible. To make an appointment or for more information about our advanced treatment solutions for nerve and muscle disorders, give us a call at 262.542.9503. For your convenience, you can schedule your consultation using our online Request an Appointment form. Our nerve and muscle patients come to us from Milwaukee, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Waukesha and Brookfield.