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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
Consult your doctor: I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Usually not as most: Radiculopathies due to a disc herniation get better without surgery and if surgery is needed, 90-95% do well if a non smoker, if due to spinal stenosis, and left untreated, 15% get better and 15% get worse. While the rest stay the same although there are options for both nonop and operative care based on the degree of symptoms with most doing well with treatment, unless, again one is a smoker.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies: The vast majority of cases of radiculopathy are not permanent, however there are times when a nerve can be damaged to the extent that it will permanently cause some degree of symptoms whether it be pain, numbness, or weakness.
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Is lumbar radiculopathy permanent?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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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