Radiculitis is an inflammation of nerve roots of the
spine that results in pain and an extreme sensitivity in
one of one of the body's sense organs. Nerve roots are
the lowest part of the structure of a nerve. Radiculitis
also means the same things as radiculopathy, which is
a disorder or disease of nerve roots of the spine.
Radiculitis is a common source of pain in the arms,
hands, and shoulder. Treatment for radiculitis typically
involves taking medication that reduce pain, relax the
muscles, and/or reduce inflammation. However, as with
all drugs, one needs to be sure to understand the
possible side effects from taking such medications.
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Surgery can also be used to treat radiculitis, but this option depends on the condition and
circumstances of the patient. Many health spas claim that they can relieve the pain and
discomfort from radiculitis by bathing or swimming in spring waters that contain various
types of minerals. Many doctors oppose swimming or other exercises during the
beginning phases of treatment for radiculitis. However, certain types of radiculopathy
(such as radiculitis in the lower back) have been shown to be effective in treating the
condition in research studies. Many American doctors may not know about this research
because much of it has been done in Russia. Radiculitis comes from the Latin word
"radix" meaning "root," and the Greek word "itis" meaning "inflammation." Put the two
words together and you get "root inflammation."
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