Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy include:
• A sharp pain in the back that may travel all the way to your foot—pain may become worse with certain activities like sitting or coughing
• Numbness of the skin in areas of the leg or foot
• Weakness in the leg
What causes Lumbar Radiculopathy?
Lumbar radiculopathy may occur when the spinal nerve roots are irritated or compressed by one of many conditions, including lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, osteophyte formation, spondylolithesis, forminal stenosis, or other degenerative disorders.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Radiculopathy
Interventional treatments for lumbar radiculopathy may include:
• Physio therapy and/or exercises that are designed to stabilize the spine and promote a more open space for spinal nerve roots are recommended.
• Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Epidural steroid injections and nerve root injections to help reduce swelling and treat acute pain that radiates to the hips or down the leg
Surgical Treatment of Lumbar
Radiculopathy Surgical treatment can be varied depending on what causes the lumbar radiculopathy. Typically, these treatments involve some way of either decompressing the nerve or stabilizing the spine.