Lumbar radiculopathy is a condition related to the damage, irritation, or compression of nerves in the lower back. Often, the pain related to lumbar radiculopathy is the result of a pinched or irritated nerve in the spine. Damage to the lumbar nerves can result in symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness, motor control deficits, tingling, or loss of sensory function. A pinched nerve could be the result of injuries involving damage to the musculoskeletal structures around a nerve. Damaged cartilage, injured tendons, and herniated or slipped discs can all place excessive pressure on nerves in the lower back.
Lumbar disc herniation, the most common cause of lumbar radiculopathy, occurs when a spinal disc in the lower back begins to swell outward. This bulging results in a squeezing of nerves in the lower back. Other conditions, such as arthritis, tumors, infections, spondylarthrosis, or nerve injuries can also be responsible for symptoms relating to lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy may also be the result of an injury, which could be caused by heavy lifting, an accident, or diabetic neuropathy.
There are a wide variety of diagnostic tools available to patients who suffer from back pain symptoms. Once a patient is diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy, their health care provider will be able to develop a treatment plan that suits the patient’s needs. Pain medication and hot or cold compresses are often a patient’s first line of treatment for back pain. If these methods prove ineffective, steroid injections could offer relief for patients suffering from lumbar radiculopathy. We at Segura Neuroscience & Pain Center offer several specialized treatment options for lumbar radiculopathy, including cadual steroid injections and lumbar transforaminal steroid injections.