Lumbar Nerve Root Entrapment
Lumbar nerve root entrapment, also known as cervical radiculopathy, is a condition that results when a nerve root is pinched or irritated as it exits the spine in the lower back.
Lumbar nerves and nerve roots provide sensation and motor control to the back, buttocks, legs and down to the foot.
Any kind of irritation or compression may cause pain, weakness, tingling, and/or numbness from the low back to the foot. Other common symptoms include muscle spasms and loss of motion, such as the inability to bend backward, move sideways to the affected side, or stand upright for long periods of time.
The spine specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provide advanced diagnostic procedures and expert treatment for lumbar nerve root entrapment and many other spinal conditions.
To make an accurate diagnosis, your physician may recommend an X-ray, MRI or CT scan.
The majority of patients with lumbar nerve root entrapment benefit from conservative treatment, such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy. If conservative treatments are not providing pain relief, surgery may be considered to decompress the nerves and relieve the pressure.