Lumbar Radiculopathy, sometimes referred to as Sciatica, occurs when a nerve root in the lumbar spine is compressed or irritated. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness, or tingling in these areas in addition to the low back.
Causes of this compression include degenerative disc disease, herniated/bulging discs, and spinal stenosis.
Treatment options for radiculopathy generally depend on the severity and duration of symptoms. Conservative management includes pain relieving medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and Platelet Rich Plasma.