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Definition of Radicular pain

Reviewed on 10/21/2019

Radicular pain: pain that originates from a compressed nerve root at the spine. The pain radiates into the extremity affected by the spinal nerve root. Radicular pain is caused by compression, inflammation, or injury to a spinal nerve root and can be felt in the arm or leg. Common conditions such as a herniated disc often lead to radicular pain. Sciatica is one type of radicular pain.


Nearly everyone has low back pain at some time during their life. See Answer
Larry Jameson, J. , Anthony S. Fauci, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Twentieth Edition. 2018.

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