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Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar Radiculopathy


Lumbar radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root is irritated in the back and radiates pain into the buttock(s) and or leg(s). When the sciatic nerve is involved it is termed Sciatica. Two nerve roots, one on the right and one on the left, exit in between each bone in the spine (vertebrae) and supply sensation, motor ability, and position sense to a specific area in the body. The nerve roots can become irritated if pressed upon such as when there is a bulging disc pushing against a nerve, narrowing in the spinal cord, or narrowing in the space where the nerve roots exit through the vertebrae. Symptoms typically include back pain that radiates into the leg(s). Pain is described as “pins and needles”, burning, or aching pain that is typically worse when walking. Patients may also complain of numbness or weakness in the legs. Treatment options include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), exercise, weight loss, ice, traction, epidural steroid injections, and surgery.