If you’re looking for treatment options for your radiculopathy symptoms, we may be the best option for you. Our Surgeon offers experienced quality of care for the treatment of lower back and leg pain resulting from this condition.
What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?
Lumbar radiculopathy involves some sort of irritation of the lumbar spinal nerve roots. One or more nerve roots may be irritated at one time. Irritation to the nerve roots can cause any combination of pain, numbness, or weakness through the hip, buttock and/or leg. Pain radiating through the leg is commonly referred to as “sciatica”, and though that may be true, there may be an underlying cause that is creating that pain. This would need to be evaluated in detail to see what your best options are.
What causes Lumbar Radiculopathy?
The spinal nerve roots become irritated when they are stretched, fractioned or compressed by one or more of many possible conditions. These include spinal and/or foraminal stenosis, lumbar disc herniation, osteophyte formation (a component or arthritis), spondylolithesis, among others.
How is Lumbar Radiculopathy Diagnosed?
In making the diagnosis, your Spine Surgeon will evaluate your medical history and consider your symptoms. This is typically followed by a physical examination. During this examination the surgeon will seek to uncover limitations of range of motion at the spine, loss of reflexes, muscle weakness, abnormal sensation, among other findings. Your orthopedic spine surgeon might order imaging (e.g. X-ray, MRI or CT myelogram). He may also decide to send you for advanced tests to better and/or more specifically determine the nature of your Lumbar Radiculopathy, such as an electrodiagnostic examination (EMG/NCV, sometimes referred to as “a nerve test”.)
Treatment options for Lumbar Radiculopathy
Most patients suffering from Lumbar radiculopathy symptoms like severe pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the leg and foot are eager to find relief. The current treatment options for Lumbar radiculopathy are on a continuum ranging from conservative (non-surgical) to more invasive (surgical). Options for non-surgical treatment of Lumbar Radiculopathy include physical therapy and chiropractic, each of which offers a range of methods that are typically dependent upon the individual practitioner and their training and treatment preferences. Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be utilized conservatively to reduce inflammation and pain and analgesics to relieve pain.
When the abovementioned options fail to provide relief or the severity of the lumbar radiculopathy is too great, epidural steroid injections may help to reduce inflammation and pain radiating down the hips or down the leg.
When these options do not provide sufficient relief or the lumbar radiculopathy is too severe, surgery is the next logical option.
Spine Surgery for Lumbar Radiculopathy
Surgical treatment of Lumbar Radiculopathy can be varied depending on what causes the condition. Typically, these surgical treatments involve some method of either decompressing the involved nerve/s and/or stabilizing the spine. Visit our services and conditions section for details.
If you are a Mesa, Phoenix or Gilbert resident suffering from lower back and or leg pain resulting from Lumbar Radiculopathy, our spine specialists will be happy to discuss your options with you. Please feel free to contact us today for your appointment.