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What is the difference between 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy'?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Different labels: A disc herniation is a portion of a disc outside its normal confines while a radiculopathy is pain over a nerve path cuaaed by a pinching or compression of that nerve which could include a disc herniation, a cyst, a tumor or mass, a blood clot called a hematoma or spobal strnosis to name a few.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 14 years experience
Related: 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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How does a 'herniated disk' differ from a 'lumbar radiculopathy'?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A disc herniation: Is a piece of disc material that has left its normal boundaries. A lumbar radiculopathy is a compression of a nerve root or roots causing symptoms to travel into a leg or legs and can be caused by a disc herniation.

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