Lumbar Radiculopathy

About Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar radiculopathy indicates a condition associated with the lumbar spinal nerve root. This can cause soreness, numbness, or instability of the buttock and leg. Sciatica is the term often used by non-specialist people. Lumbosacral radiculopathy is basically caused by a compression of the spinal nerve root which causes pain in the leg but not in the lumbar spine.

Lumbar radiculopathy causes are; when the spinal nerve roots are disturbed or contracted by herniated lumbar disc, spinal stenosis, osteophyte formation, spondylolisthesis, foraminal stenosis, or other degenerative unsettlement.

Your spine surgeon will examine your medical history and will give you a physical examination to check the problems with balance, muscle weakness, abnormal reflexes that involve the spinal cord.

 

Lumbar Radiculopathy Symptoms

These symptoms are found in leg and foot:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Reflex loss
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Treatment

These are the treatment options for lumbar radiculopathy.

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Cage implantation
  • Pedicle Screw
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Lumbar Laminectomy

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