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Lumbar Radiculopathy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy is a painful condition that happens when a nerve in your lumbar spine (lower back) is pinched or irritated.

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What causes lumbar radiculopathy?

You may get a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine if you have disc damage. Discs are natural, spongy cushions between your vertebrae (back bones) that allow your spine to move. Your discs may move out of place and pinch the nerve in your spine. Any of the following can increase your risk for a pinched nerve and lumbar radiculopathy:

What are the signs and symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

You may have any of the following:

How is lumbar radiculopathy diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your family history of back and leg pain. Your provider may also test you for weakness, numbness, or tingling in your back, buttocks, and legs. You may be asked to lie on your back and lift your leg to locate your pain. You may also need any of the following:

How is lumbar radiculopathy treated?

Ask your healthcare provider for more information about these and other treatments for lumbar radiculopathy:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage or prevent lumbar radiculopathy?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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