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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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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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Lumbar radiculopathy: dr says i don't have disk problems, i've not had an injury to my back, so what else could cause that? Is it permenant?

Lumbar radiculopathy: dr says i don't have disk problems, i've not had an injury to my back, so what else could cause that? Is it permenant?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What is lumbar radiculopathy?

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculoparhy: Refers to disc in lumbar spine bulging or herniating pressing on nerve leading to symptoms of pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in lower extremity. ...Read more

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Is lumbar radiculopathy permanent?

Is lumbar radiculopathy permanent?

Radiculopathy: It depends on the nature of the nerve compression. In the case of a disc herniation causing a nerve radiculopathy removing of the disc herniation in most cases relieves the pain. ...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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What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

Causes: Typically either stenosis (a narrowing in your spine), or a disc bulge or herniation, pinching a nerve. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lumbar radiculopathy?

Few test beside the: Physical exam, x-ray, mri, EMG ncs of the lower extremities. ...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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Most common symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Most common symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy: Usually, this presents with varying degrees of leg pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling. Back pain can also accompany it. ...Read more

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What is the usualy course for lumbar radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy: Usually improves significantly in 4 to 6 wks. Sometimes shorter/longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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