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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. Kornelis Poelstra
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Radiculopathy (Definition)

The term radiculopathy is a term used by physicians to refer to nerve pain that follows a particular anatomical distribtuion in the human body. It is most commonly associated with the lumbar spine and herniated discs but can also occur in the neck region and arms. The symptoms are typical pain and number follow a particular nerve innervation and this allows a clinician ...Read more

Dr. Roger Frankel
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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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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?

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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Eat a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
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Engage in low-impact exercise such as walking, bicycling, and swimming
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Limit time in the sun and use sunscreen
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What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

Several: Lumbar radiculopathy is most commonly caused by a herniated disc. Other causes are spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis, infection and trauma. Check out spine-health.Com. ...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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Get plenty of rest and sleep, which is when the body repairs itself
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Exercise to inc. joint flexibility,improve muscle tone,inc bone strnth
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Use sunblock every single day—even when it’s cloudy.
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Rashes persist, check with your doc about possible meds to use
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What is the usualy course for lumbar radiculopathy?

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. 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 (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

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