Lumbar radiculopathy is often secondary to compression or inflammation of a spinal nerve. When the pain radiates down the back of the leg to the calf or foot, it would in lay terms be described as sciatica. This type of pain is often deep and steady, and can usually be reproduced with certain activities and positions, such as sitting or walking. This treats back and leg pain and numbness caused by a pinched nerve in the lower spine. Bulging discs, herniated discs, and degenerative diseases can cause pressure on spinal nerves, resulting in pain. Medication may help. When it does not, surgery can expand space for the nerves, relieving pressure and pain.
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About the Author : Dr. Wayne Kelley Jr. M.D.
An Orthopaedic Surgeon in Macon, Georgia (GA), specializes in conditions of the neck and back with particular interests in the cervical portion of the spine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and his professional memberships include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, Spine Summit Conference Committee, and The Society of Lateral Access Surgery.