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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Lumbar Radiculopathy (Definition)

Lumbar radiculopathy is leg pain, numbness and weakness caused by compression of a spinal nerve as it leaves the spine to supply the leg. This nerve carries the information from the brain to the leg and from the leg to the brain. Therefore, the brain registers pain and a problem in the leg even though the problem is in the back. For example compression of the ...Read more


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Can cervical & lumbar radiculopathy happen together?

Yes: Although quite uncommon for the two to occur at the same time, it can occur. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

If not properly treated, how does cervical and lumbar radiculopathy progress, or does it? Could it lead to permanent damage or disability?

It depends: This is very difficult to answer as it depends on what the cause of your radiculopathies are. They do tend to resolve with time without significant intervention but there are some cases where permanent damage/disability can occur - this tends to be the more rare outcome. Your best bet is to review this with a spine surgeon, for a more detailed review. ...Read more

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My neurosurgeon diagnosed and stated I am disabled from cervical and lumbar radiculopathy. He said there is nothing surgical to fix the problems, and ?

My neurosurgeon diagnosed and stated I am disabled from cervical and lumbar radiculopathy. He said there is nothing surgical to fix the problems, and ?

Second Opinion: Surgical recommendations can vary from surgeon to surgeon, based upon experience, training, and proficiency. I would suggest at least getting a second opinion from a surgeon who has done additional fellowship training in spinal disorders before surgery is ruled out. You may also want to look into a multidisciplinary pain management program. ...Read more

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How do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

How do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy: There are many treatments for lumbar radiculopathy like heat pads, accupuncture, chiropractic therapy, exercise, massage, medications, injections ... Please see a pain management doctor for evaluation. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?

Consult your doctor: I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more

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How is lumbar radiculopathy typically diagnosed?

How is lumbar radiculopathy typically diagnosed?

History alone.: The story pt tells the dr gives more that 80% the diagnosis. Pain that comes feom the low back towards the buttocks and then down to the leg. Slightly reduced reflexes on affected side plus possibly some changes in sensation ( pimprick or vibration )confirms it. Usually bladder and bowel functions are preserved. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lumbar radiculopathy?

What is the definition or description of: lumbar radiculopathy?

Pain &/or neurologic: Symptoms over a nerve distribution to the leg due to compression of a spinal nerve or several of them due to: fracture, disc herniation, tumor, infection, a cyst, degenerative hypertrophic (overgrowth) changes, spinal stenosis, a hematoma or blood clot, a spinal deformity or instability. ...Read more

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Is lumbar radiculopathy for lifetime or it can be treated permanently?

Lumbar radiculopathy: The most common cause of a lumbar radiculopathy is a herniated disc. This can be sometimes treat with just physical therapy and sometimes a surgery might be required to remove the herniated disc. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering how do you get diagnosed for lumbar radiculopathy?

Hi doctors, was just wondering how do you get diagnosed for lumbar radiculopathy?

PM;R physician: Seek out an interventional pm;r (or anesthesia) pain physician. It's really not that difficult to diagnose lumbar radiculopathy, though it takes someone with knowledge of all the other possible conditions that can mimic lumbar radic to know for sure that your pain is actually coming from a pinching/irritation of a nerve in the back. Physical exam and possibly MRI is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
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Radiculopathy (Definition)

Radiculopathy is the name of the condition we often call “pinched nerve root”. When a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed or damaged, there are often symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness. Often, nerve roots are affected in the neck or in the lower back. This leads to symptoms that affect certain regions of ...Read more