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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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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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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 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

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Is lumbar radiculopathy 4 life? Pain for weeks, ease up awhile, only to return again. No disc problem nor childbirth. What cause pain come/go?

Is lumbar radiculopathy 4 life? Pain for weeks, ease up awhile, only to return again. No disc problem nor childbirth. What cause pain come/go?

MRI: Pressure on a nerve root by a spur or disk may not disappear, but can be treated if an MRI documents their presence. A neurosurgeon could evaluate you for epidural injections or surgery for example. ...Read more

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Lumbar radiculopathy: is it a life long problem, will pain come abc go, or will it get better? Is it safe to lift things? Any info I should know?

Lumbar radiculopathy: is it a life long problem, will pain come abc go, or will it get better? Is it safe to lift things? Any info I should know?

So: Lumbar radiculopathy at your age, is likely associated to herniated disc. Typically these will have episodes of exacerbation and times of relief. Keeping a strong core may help. Traction also. Learn how to correctly lift objects. ( with knees instead of back) if persistent, consider MRI because sometimes surgery is needed, or localized blocks by pain management. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

What is the treatment for lumbar radiculopathy?

It depends on the: Severity of the condition, minor cases could be treated by medications and physical therapy, severe cases need surgical decompression. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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