Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica) refers to a disc which has protruded from its normal position in the vertebral column and is placing pressure on the radicular nerve (nerve root) in the lower back. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease are deep underlying issues that are also associated with Sciatica.
For some individuals the pain may be bearable yet irritating, while for others it may be severe and debilitating. In certain cases Sciatica can be treated over weeks to months through non-surgical treatments, while in others surgery due to severe nerve pain might be necessary. There are multiple specialists who are able to treat Sciatica and back pain in New York.
Symptoms associated with Sciatica are typically one or more of the following:
- Pain on one side of the buttock or in one leg that becomes worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty in moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the posterior
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand or walk
Consulting immediately with a pain management specialist is recommended for individuals experiencing pain symptoms that might be associated with Sciatica. By diagnosing the area and degree of pain, specialists can provide the right level of treatment. Unlike some forms of back pain, Sciatica often comes from gradual wear and tear, rather than a direct back injury.