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How are 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy' different?

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Dr. Chris Faubel answered

Specializes in Pain Management

A herniated disc is just referring to the intervertebral disc bulging out towards the space where the nerves "live". This bulging disc doesn't necessarily squeeze or pinch a nerve root though. A lumbar radiculopathy is when the bulged disc or bone spurs or thickened ligaments irritate the nerve root enough to cause pain shooting down the leg in a particular pattern. Numbness/tingling maybe too.

Answered Mar 27, 2018

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