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Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience in General Practice
Consult your doctor: I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually not: Most of these due to a disc problem get bettwr without surgery and the ones tgat need surgery, 90% get better as well.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Lumbar radiculopathy: The most common cause of a lumbar radiculopathy is a herniated disc. This can be sometimes treat with just physical therapy and sometimes a surgery mi ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
13 years experience in Pain Management
Probably not: That's just impossible to say. It depends heavily on what's causing the pinched nerve. Is it just a bulged/herniated disc? Is there some joint arth ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
21 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience in Pain Management
Fracture: Any fracture in the spine can be problematic. I would see a spine specialist that treats this type of injury. Alternatively, you may need to be seen ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain treatment: There is no know cure for disc degeneration.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Only while alive: It occurs in all with age.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It is rare: In most people, the tip of the spinal cord is at the bottom of l1, the first bone in the lumbar spine, so all lumbar disk herniations miss the spinal ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ayman Omar
Specializes in Neurology
Not very common: not very common in my experience. Any hx. of trauma? Otherwise, typically conservative tx. PT, etc.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Rarely is it serious: & yes pinched nerve causing pain into arm is cervical radiculopathy. 90% are treated non op & get better-10% require surgery with > 90% su ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Multiple ways: A thorough history, physical examination, and review of the appropriate imaging studies can lead to a diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Sometimes furt ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience in Pain Management
Post laminectomy: If by nerve enhancement you mean nerve related symptoms, they may linger on due to post operative inflammation for 4-6 weeks, but should be much milde ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Doubtful: These injections are usually a combination of cortisone and local anesthetic ( Lidocaine, novocaine, marcaine, etc.)-no: these mediciations should pro ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Feola
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
R/O SCIATICA : Yes TENS AND A HOME ULTRASOUND CAN HELP SCIATICA. You need a full exam and focused Neuro exam with reflexes Checked. Also X-ray of lumbar spine and i ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
15 years experience in Neurology
I would say that: for most people, by the time we reach 40, we are going to find something "wrong" in their spine, degenerative changes, etc. Wear and tear is part of ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Generally if there: were any significant issues in the thoracic spine you would most likely have symptoms emanating from there that would draw a clinician's attention. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Roethle
15 years experience in Anesthesiology
General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does n ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience in Wound care
Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
It depends on the : Nature and degree of neurologic findings as most disc herniations are treated non operatively with 10% going to surgery with 1% being a true surgical ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Chiropractor: First you need evaluation by orthopedic specialist, who may suggest chiropractor or physical therapy.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Jackson
10 years experience in Neurology
Depends: Sciatica is the general term used to describe pain that goes down your leg. In reality anything from spinal disc, hip joint, spinal joints, muscles, k ... Read More
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