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Is lumbar radiculopathy a permanent illness?
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Consult your doctor
I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.

In brief: Consult your doctor
I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Varies
The vast majority of cases of radiculopathy are not permanent, however there are times when a nerve can be damaged to the extent that it will permanently cause some degree of symptoms whether it be pain, numbness, or weakness.

In brief: Varies
The vast majority of cases of radiculopathy are not permanent, however there are times when a nerve can be damaged to the extent that it will permanently cause some degree of symptoms whether it be pain, numbness, or weakness.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Usually not as most
Radiculopathies due to a disc herniation get better without surgery and if surgery is needed, 90-95% do well if a non smoker, if due to spinal stenosis, and left untreated, 15% get better and 15% get worse.
While the rest stay the same although there are options for both nonop and operative care based on the degree of symptoms with most doing well with treatment, unless, again one is a smoker.

In brief: Usually not as most
Radiculopathies due to a disc herniation get better without surgery and if surgery is needed, 90-95% do well if a non smoker, if due to spinal stenosis, and left untreated, 15% get better and 15% get worse.
While the rest stay the same although there are options for both nonop and operative care based on the degree of symptoms with most doing well with treatment, unless, again one is a smoker.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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