When you have back pain due to a pinched nerve, you may have radiculopathy, or more commonly, lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy can be very uncomfortable, and you may need expert treatment from Scott Smith, MD at Failed Back Institute in Weatherford, Texas. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience treating complex spinal disorders using advanced spinal surgical techniques, even if you’ve had back surgery before. For a consultation regarding your back pain, call or schedule an appointment online.
Lumbar radiculopathy, also called sciatica, is a painful condition caused by a pinched spinal nerve in your lower back. Radiculopathy can refer to a nerve that is pinched or compressed anywhere along your spinal column.
The spinal column is made of up five regions:
Lumbar radiculopathy is pinched nerve pain in the lumbar spine. The spinal nerves that branch off the lumbar spine run from your low back, down the back of the legs, and extend down to your feet. These nerves are the longest of your body, so the symptoms may be significant.
Symptoms of pinched or compressed nerves in the lumbar region might include one sign or a combination of several:
You may have mild back pain with lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatica, but this pain is usually much less than the pain in your buttocks, legs, thighs, or lower legs. Usually, the nerve is affected on only one side of your body, but the symptoms may be present on both sides.
Lumbar radiculopathy is pain associated with an underlying cause that compresses or compromises the spinal nerve. Spinal conditions that may cause radiculopathy of any kind include:
Chronic conditions, such as diabetes and osteoarthritis, can also contribute to radiculopathy. Risk factors that place you at higher risk for this condition include obesity, smoking, advanced age, and improper posture or body mechanics.
Treatment usually begins with oral and injected steroids, physical therapy, or spinal manipulation.
If conservative treatment isn’t successful, surgery may be needed to relieve the underlying causes of the pinched or compressed nerve. Dr. Smith has performed thousands of spinal surgeries and may suggest:
Even if you’ve already been surgically treated for lumbar radiculopathy, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Smith.