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Lumbar Radiculopathy Overview:
Lumbar radiculopathy refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, often caused by compression or irritation of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine.
Causes of Lumbar Radiculopathy:
Disc material bulges or herniates, compressing nerve roots.
Narrowing of the spinal canal, putting pressure on nerve roots.
Bone Spurs (Osteophytes):
Overgrowth of bone in the spine can compress nerve roots.
Degenerative Disc Disease:
Wear and tear on discs leading to nerve compression.
Vertebrae slips out of place, impacting nerve roots.
Signs and Symptoms:
Typically along the sciatic nerve, down the buttocks, and into the leg.
Numbness and Tingling:
Often in a specific pattern corresponding to the affected nerve.
Especially in the leg or foot served by the affected nerve.
Diagnosis and Evaluation:
Assessment of symptoms, reflexes, and muscle strength.
X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the spine and identify the cause of radiculopathy.
Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG):
To evaluate nerve function and identify areas of compression.
Rest, physical therapy, and exercises to relieve nerve pressure.
Medications for pain and inflammation.
Epidural steroid injections for targeted pain relief.
Nerve root blocks to alleviate inflammation.
Physical therapy for strengthening and flexibility.
For cases unresponsive to conservative measures.
Procedures may include discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion.
NYPMD Specialists for Lumbar Radiculopathy:
Specialized evaluation by NYPMD neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons outside New York.
Expertise in managing lumbar radiculopathy through various treatment modalities.
Collaborative approach with physical therapists and other specialists for comprehensive patient care.
What You Can Expect at NYPMD for Lumbar Radiculopathy:
Thorough assessment to identify the cause and extent of lumbar radiculopathy.
Personalized treatment plans based on diagnostic findings and individual needs.
Conservative or interventional interventions for effective pain relief.
Comprehensive care and support for improved lumbar function and overall well-being.