Our team of lumbar radiculopathy specialists at NJ Spine and Wellness is comprised of trained physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and pain management professionals that work diligently to provide comprehensive, integrated care from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Our specialists offer lumbar radiculopathy treatment throughout NJ, including:

What Causes Lumbar Radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy may occur when the spinal nerve roots are compressed or irritated by one of several conditions, including:

  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteophyte formation
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Other degenerative disorders

A pinched or compressed nerve in the back can occur at different areas along the spine, including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar.

Lumbar Radiculopathy Treatment Options

Interventional treatments our lumbar radiculopathy specialists in NJ may recommend include:

  • Physical therapy and exercises designed to stabilize the spine and promote an open space for spinal nerve roots
  • Epidural steroid and nerve root injections to help reduce swelling and treat pain radiating to the hips or down the leg.
  • Medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain, as well as an analgesic to keep pain at bay

Surgical treatments, on the other hand, can be varied depending on what caused the condition. Typically, these treatments involve decompressing the nerve or stabilizing the spine.

Some surgical procedures our lumbar radiculopathy specialists in NJ can perform include:

  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Extreme lateral interbody fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy, microdiscectomy, or spinal fusion
  • Laminotomy
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Cage implantation
  • Pedicle screw fixation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Sometimes referred to as sciatica, lumbar radiculopathy refers to disease involving the lumbar spinal nerve root. It can manifest as pain, numbness, or weakness of the buttocks and legs. Compression of the spinal nerve root causes pain in the leg as opposed to the lumbar spine, which is called “referred pain.”

What are lumbar radiculopathy symptoms?

When a nerve root in the back is compressed or pinched, it becomes inflamed, resulting in several unpleasant symptoms, which can include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain, numbness, “pins and needles,” or weakness that travels into the buttocks, hip, groin, or leg

Does lumbar radiculopathy treatment require surgery?

The majority of back patients recover with conservative lumbar radiculopathy treatment, and surgery isn’t necessary. All patients need to make routine exercise and proper body mechanics part of their lifestyle to reduce the risk of injury. If pain persists, surgical intervention might be considered. The specific type of surgery necessary depends on the structural defect.

What are lumbar radiculopathy symptoms?

When a nerve root in the back is compressed or pinched, it becomes inflamed, resulting in several unpleasant symptoms, which can include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain, numbness, “pins and needles,” or weakness that travels into the buttocks, hip, groin, or leg

Experiencing Lumbar Radiculopathy Symptoms? Turn to Our NJ Specialists

Whether you’ve been diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms, trust our lumbar radiculopathy specialists in NJ to give you the holistic treatment you need to Get Better Faster. For more information about lumbar radiculopathy treatment, reach out to our team or visit any one of our four locations throughout NJ — including East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, and Old Bridge.