Radiculopathy can be an unpleasant condition, but diagnosing, documenting, and coding for it does not have to be. It just takes a little research.
As you know, the brain communicates with the body via the spinal cord, which is protected by the bones of the spinal column, called vertebrae. Nerve roots exit in between each bone through openings called foramen. The nerves from the neck carry signals back and forth to and from the arms, hands, and fingers. Cervical radiculopathy is the name for pain and other symptoms caused by problems with these nerves. Problems with the nerves from the lower back can cause symptoms in the legs and feet; this is called lumbar radiculopathy (or sometimes, sciatica).