Lumbar radiculopathy is one of the prime causes for low back pain. This condition is a consequence of the impingement/ inflammation of the nerve root. When the inflammation becomes severe, it can cause neurological symptoms that cause pain in different parts of the body where the nerve root lies. Almost 3-5% of the world's population suffer from lumbar radiculopathy. The symptoms may appear suddenly, causing chronic pain in the limbs. Generally the pain starts from the buttocks and moves down to the posterolateral leg and then to the ankle and the feet. Doctors generally conduct a neurological and musculoskeletal examination to diagnose lumbar radiculopathy.
HOW IS LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Treatment for lumbar radiculopathy includes physiotherapy, medications and selective spinal injections.