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

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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.
Answered on Nov 12, 2014
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
It can cause it: Typical symptoms of an acute lumbar radiculopathy are severe, lancinating pain in a consistent distribution. Other symptoms include numbness or tingling and occasionally weakness. Symptoms are usually better with rest and worse with activity. A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of a radiculopathy. Check out spine-health.Com.
Answered on Oct 1, 2016
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