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

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Dr. Chris Faubel
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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.

In brief: 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.
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