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A 54-year-old female asked:

How can i reduce pain in leg, calf and foot due to osteoarthritis in l2, l3, l4 and l5 vertebrae ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Radiculopathy: It depends on how severe is the arthritis. In earlier stages physical therapy can help. Sometimes epidural steroid injections may give short term benefit.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Radiculopathy!: You are probably describing an s1nerve root compression, although a L5 is possible by your imprecise description. Pain is a paradoxical "good" sign, since pressure on the nerve is more minimal. Gravity traction may help, as might a steroid dose pack. But if neither work, your next date will be a spine surgeon. I always get an EMG before imaging the spine.
Last updated Feb 8, 2017


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