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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Lumbar radiculoparhy: Refers to disc in lumbar spine bulging or herniating pressing on nerve leading to symptoms of pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in lower extremity.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Nerve irritation caused by damage to the discs between the vertebrae. Damage to the disc occurs because of degeneration ("wear and tear") of the outer ring of the disc, traumatic injury, or both.
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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 27 years experience
Nerve pain: There are a few common causes of lumbar radiculopathy. It is pain coming from a pinched nerve. The nerves are most often pinched by discs, bony spurs, or overgrown ligaments. Rarely, the nerves can be compressed by tumors or infection.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Irritation: Irritation of a nerve in the lumbar spine causing a variety of symptoms running into the leg.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

6 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Radiculopathy: Disc herniations spinal stenosis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
It depends on the: Severity of the condition, minor cases could be treated by medications and physical therapy, severe cases need surgical decompression.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is lumbar radiculopathy permanent?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
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 38-year-old member asked:

How do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Spinal nerve block: A lumber spinal nerve block is used to deposit steroids directly on the inflamed nerve causing the radiculopathy.
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