If you have suffered a spinal injury, you are probably aware of just how much neck and back pain can disrupt your entire life. But what kind of back pain is it? What causes it? You may have heard of both radiculopathy and neuropathy and may have even heard them used interchangeably. However, to do so is a bit misleading. The following article seeks to explain the difference between the two and to understand what implications both conditions have for personal injury cases.
What is Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy refers to a type of nerve damage where a spinal nerve is pinched or irritated at its root close to the spine, causing severe pain and other symptoms. This is most common in the neck and lower spine and can occur as a result of an accident. Compression injuries to any part of the back put you at risk for radiculopathy.
Impingement of the nerve at the SI joint in the pelvis is one of the most common types of radiculopathy and is the cause of the incredibly painful condition known as sciatica. With this condition, the patient experiences severe leg pain rather than pain at the injury site.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is not exactly a condition on its own. Rather, it is a result of nerve damage to peripheral nerves throughout the body, such as those in the arms and legs. Symptoms of neuropathy will be largely dependent on the location of the nerves affected, the source of the problem, and the severity. Neuropathy can range anywhere from a reduced level of sensation in the feet to a failure of the body to regulate its automatic processes. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common types of neuropathy-related conditions.
Neuropathy, like radiculopathy, can be a result of a serious accident. If nerve fibers are damaged, torn, overstretched, or compressed, the patient can experience neuropathy with symptoms like weakness, pain or numbness, and burning sensations.
Can I Receive Compensation for Radiculopathy and Neuropathy?
If you have been involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or any other type of accident and are now suffering from radiculopathy or neuropathy, you may be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. Contact a reputable private injury lawyer as soon as you find yourself in such a situation: they can help you organize your case, file it efficiently, and make sure you get the compensation you are owed.
Compensation may include but is not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of potential
- Strain placed on the victim’s family.