Lumbar Radiculopathy Treatment
The spine protects the spinal cord and nerve roots that leave the spine to the other areas of the body. When these nerve roots are compressed or irritated within the spinal space, this is called radiculopathy. If this occurs in the lower spine, it is called lumbar radiculopathy, which can cause lower back, buttock and leg pain, weakness or numbness. Caliber Pain™ offers effective lumbar radiculopathy treatment at our facility in Midtown Manhattan.
Many nerve roots are in the lumbar spine, but the sciatic nerves are the largest. These nerves travel down each side of the lower back through the pelvis and to each leg. When the sciatic nerves are irritated or compressed, it can cause a set of symptoms, referred to as sciatica. These include radiating pain, weakness, tingling and numbness that can start in the lower back and affect the buttocks, legs and feet. Sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy occur as a result of mechanical spine issues or soft tissue inflammation/spasms in the lower back.
Causes of Lower Back Nerve Pain
Irritated or compressed nerves in the lower back, or lumbar radiculopathy, can be caused by a wide variety of injuries or disorders. While the symptoms can be the same, the cause and treatment can vary greatly. Some of the possible causes of sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy include:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylosis or osteoarthritis
- Lumbar facet syndrome
- Spinal compression or fractures
- Muscle spasms or musculoskeletal injury
- Bone spurs
Lumbar radiculopathy is easily diagnosed, but the source of nerve root compression can be more complex to diagnose. Our spine specialists utilize advanced diagnostic tools to identify the cause of lumbar radiculopathy pain and determine the best treatment option. The course of treatment depends on the cause of nerve root compression, but it also may include interventional medicine, regenerative treatments, spinal cord stimulation and other treatment modalities we offer.
If you are suffering from lumbar radiculopathy or sciatica symptoms, contact our team at Caliber Pain™ to schedule an evaluation at our clinic in NYC.