Lumbar Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

Lumbar Radiculopathy, commonly known as sciatica, is pain in the lower extremities that radiates from the lumbar spine (lower back). Pain is caused by compression at the roots of the spinal nerves, and generally causes discomfort in the lower back, hips, thighs, and travels down the legs. Compression most often occurs when the jelly-like substance in the intravertebral discs puts pressure on the nerves either by bulging out or by leaking out through a tear in the disc membrane.

Causes

  • Trauma
  • Herniated disc
  • Age-related disc degeneration

Symptoms

  • Pain radiating through the lower extremities
  • A "popping sound" when moving the lower back
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving the lower extremities

Treatment

  • Medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Laser Spine Surgery