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Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi answered

Specializes in General Practice

I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.

Answered Oct 1, 2012

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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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.

Answered Apr 18, 2013

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Dr. Edward Hellman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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.

Answered May 29, 2017

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