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what is lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculoparhy

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Refers to disc in lumbar spine bulging or herniating pressing on nerve leading to symptoms of pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in lower extremity.
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Is lumbar radiculopathy permanent?

Radiculopathy

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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.
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how do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

Spinal nerve block

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A lumber spinal nerve block is used to deposit steroids directly on the inflamed nerve causing the radiculopathy.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught answered:

What are the causes of lumbar radiculopathy?

Several

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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.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

What are the tests for lumbar radiculopathy?

Few test beside the

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Physical exam, X-Ray, MRI, EMG NCS of the lower extremities.
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi answered:

Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?

Consult your doctor

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I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.
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Dr. Atif Haque answered:

Most common symptoms of Lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy

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Usually, this presents with varying degrees of leg pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling. Back pain can also accompany it.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

It depends on the

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Severity of the condition, minor cases could be treated by medications and physical therapy, severe cases need surgical decompression.
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How is lumbar radiculopathy typically diagnosed?

History alone.

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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.
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What is the usualy course for Lumbar radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy

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Usually improves significantly in 4 to 6 wks. Sometimes shorter/longer.
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