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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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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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Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?

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?

Radiating leg pain: 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 s1 nerve causes sciatica. ...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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Can acupuncture help lumbar radiculopathy?

Can acupuncture help lumbar radiculopathy?

Low back pain: Yes. Acupuncture reduces inflammation through the release of endorphins and increases microcirculation to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin and noradrenaline too. Eastern medicine may provide another alternative for pain relief. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

Varies: Multiple, going from least to most involved: time to see if it will get better on its own, rest, oral medication, therapy or chiropractic and other noninvasive options, interventional pain management/epidural steroid injections, surgical consideration. ...Read more

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How are 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy' different?

How are 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy' different?

Related: A herniated disc is just referring to the intervertebral disc bulging out towards the space where the nerves "live". This bulging disc doesn't necessarily squeeze or pinch a nerve root though. A lumbar radiculopathy is when the bulged disc or bone spurs or thickened ligaments irritate the nerve root enough to cause pain shooting down the leg in a particular pattern. Numbness/tingling maybe too. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy. What are the treatments?

Many: Initial treatment options include physical therapy, chiropractic care, anti-inflammatory medications, several types of injections, rest and most importantly time. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What is the difference between 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy'?

What is the difference between 'herniated disk' and 'lumbar radiculopathy'?

Different labels: A disc herniation is a portion of a disc outside its normal confines while a radiculopathy is pain over a nerve path cuaaed by a pinching or compression of that nerve which could include a disc herniation, a cyst, a tumor or mass, a blood clot called a hematoma or spobal strnosis to name a few. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy , but MRI shows nothing , what can I do?

I'm diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy , but MRI shows nothing , what can I do?

Maybe not then: For true lumbar radiculopathy, there needs to be a pinching or irritation (chemically) of a nerve root in the lumbar spine. If the MRI is completely "clean", then the piriformis muscle may be causing intermittent sciatica. Also depends how far down the leg the pain is going. The lumbar facet joints can certainly cause referred pain down the leg, even past the knee. Check out the image attached. ...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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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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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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Can you explain the diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy: Lumbar radiculopathy refers to pain where a nerve is compressed in the lower back/lumbar region causing pain that radiates or shoots down the leg following the innervation pattern of the nerve that is being compressed. ...Read more

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Can cervical & lumbar radiculopathy happen together?

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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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

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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

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)

Also called “pinched nerve root,” this occurs when a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed, or damaged, causing 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