Radiculitis (Medicine)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Radiculitis is the inflammation of the anterior and posterior spinal nerve roots. It is characterized by intense pain, prickling sensation on the upper or lower limbs, superficial anesthesia, and paralysis when the anterior roots are affected; these symptoms are caused by inflammation and degeneration of nerve fibers. Depending on the type of spinal roots attacked, there can be lumbosacral, dorsal, and cervical radiculitis, which can be acute or chronic. Treatment is based on anti-inflammatory medication and vitamin B12.