When you sit on the chair for a long time or you indulge yourself in any kind of activity that involves your hip like running, then you would obviously put the strain on that region. This can be treated by applying some pain relieving gels and ointments. What if the pain from the hip passes on to your legs? Regardless of the position to which you shift your body, the pain does not go away. Will the pain-relieving ointments suffice? This condition when the hip pain transfers to your legs that is even more painful is called as Lumbar radiculopathy. How can you cure it? Do you require a surgery or can it be cured with physical exercises? Get to know it.
What Is Lumbar Radiculopathy?
It is a nerve irritation and pain that is caused due to damage of the disc between the vertebrae. Lumbar radiculitis is also a condition that is very much associated with the herniated disc. When the pain radiates down the legs it is described as sciatica. Sciatica is caused by compression of the lower spinal nerve root. The pain is usually deep and strong and can be recurring with some activities and positions like sitting and walking. The radicular pain radiates into the lower parts like the thigh, calf, and foot. In such condition, leg pain is worse than back pain.
What Are The Causes?
It is generally caused due to damage of one of the lower spine ranging from L1 to S1. The compression or inflammation or injury to the spinal nerve root in the lower back is the cause for radiculopathy. This type of pain arises in occasions like
- Herniated disc with nerve compression
- Foraminal stenosis
- Nerve root injury
- Scarred tissue
- Bone spur due to osteoarthritis
- Thickening of ligaments
Risk factors for lumbar radiculopathy are
- Mental stress
- Strenuous physical activity
Sciatica is also a symptom of radiculopathy. If you have sciatica you would feel numbness, unilateral leg pain, and paraesthesia.
How Can You Cure It?
This condition can be treated using the conservative treatment that includes physical therapies to strengthen muscles, correcting your posture, and to improve flexibility. Medications like analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, tricyclic antidepressants, and oral steroids also help. The other conservative treatments are traction, manipulation, ultrasound, hot packs, acupuncture and corsets. People with back pain are advised to stay active. These conservative treatments can improve your condition within six weeks to three months.
The condition can be treated with non-surgical methods which eventually decrease the pain and improve function. Only in a severe condition, you might require the compressed nerve starts causing weakness or when you lose the control over bowel and bladder or when the pain does not subside with other therapies. In that case, surgeons will remove the bone spur or a part of the herniated disk that is affected. If the pain becomes unbearable and the conservative treatment fails to give the expected results then you can always Consult With a Surgeon at Sunshine hospitals who can ease your pain.
About The Doctor:
Dr. Naveen is an expert in treating patients with brain tumor. He is one of the Best Neurosurgeons in Hyderabad and is sought after for some of the most delicate and complicated brain surgeries.
ABOUT SUNSHINE HOSPITALS:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma, and Neurology.