What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?
A radiculopathy is a condition where the nerve or nerves emanating from the spinal column are inflamed, pinched or somehow impaired due to a lack of blood flow. Lumbar radiculopathy is a condition of chronic pain which occurs in the lower back or legs due to damage in the lower spine. Compression of the nerves that emanate from the spine in the lumbar area can cause numbness, tingling and occasional shooting pains in the immediate area as well as down the leg and sometimes into the foot. A common cause of lumbar radiculopathy is spinal degeneration due to age or disease. Lumbar trauma, repetitive motion or other injuries can also cause radiculopathy and have lasting consequences. The experts at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute can determine the exact cause of a lumbar radiculopathy and recommend a course of treatment with the goal of restoring normal functionality without pain.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Physical symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy vary by individual. Some experience leg numbness and tingling and others have dull aches or shooting pains down the legs. Sometimes severe pain is experienced in certain positions such as bending or twisting positions which put pressure on the nerve roots. X-rays or other medical imaging studies are used to isolate the exact cause of the condition and to facilitate treatment decisions. A diagnostic specialist can evaluate all symptomatic and test data for an accurate and helpful diagnosis.
Treatment options include physical therapy, exercise regimens, and medication to manage the condition. In some cases, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair any damage to the spine and alleviate the pressure, thus resolving the pain. It is always essential to consult with an experienced neurologist to get the right treatment for your specific condition to prevent further injury and facilitate healing.
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