Lumbar Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
The spinal column includes the spinal cord and the nerves that exit the spinal column to the rest of the body. In the lumbar spine, many nerves exit the spinal column, including the large sciatic nerves. When the lumbar spine is damaged from disease or injury, it can put pressure on the roots of nerves leaving the spinal column. This is called lumbar radiculopathy, or a lower back pinched nerve, which causes pain and mobility issues. Our pain specialists at Ospina Medical offer lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerve) treatment at our clinic in NYC.
The most common type of lumbar radiculopathy is sciatica. The sciatic nerves leave the lower spine and travel through the pelvis and legs. When the sciatic nerves are pinched or compressed at the root, there can be several symptoms. Sciatica can cause lower back pain, as well as radiating pain, numbness and weakness through the buttocks and affected leg or foot.
Sciatica or lumbar pinched nerves can be caused by a variety of spinal conditions. Anything that causes inflammation or narrowing of the spinal column nerve space can compress the nerve roots. Herniated discs in the lumbar region are a common cause of radiculopathy. Other issues include osteoarthritis, compression fractures of the vertebrae and bone spurs.
Treating Sciatica and Lumbar Pinched Nerves
Lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerves) treatments vary depending on the source of nerve root compression. Steroid or epidural injections may be used to reduce inflammation, and kyphoplasty could be used for compression fractures that are compressing lumbar nerves. Pain management may be obtained through spinal cord stimulation or other advanced treatments available at Ospina Medical. Our pain specialists review each patient’s case to determine the best treatments for their specific concerns.
If you suffer from sciatica or other types of lumbar nerve pain, contact Ospina Medical today at our Midtown Manhattan clinic to schedule your appointment. We provide patient-focused treatments utilizing advanced pain management and interventional orthopedics.