Know the basics
What is lumbosacral radiculopathy?
Lumbosacral radiculopathy is a disease related to the spinal nerves and nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord and in the end (the cord).
How common is lumbosacral radiculopathy?
The disease affects 3% to 5% of the population, the incidence of the disease the same in men and women. Men in their 40s and women from 50 to 60 years with this disease more often. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of lumbosacral radiculopathy?
The symptom of lumbosacral radiculopathy is including numbness in the arm, leg and muscle weakness. The most common symptom is sciatica: pain along the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. This nerve runs from the buttock down to the foot (rear thigh and legs). Sciatica is a symptom of a problem such as a herniated disk. Other symptoms are numbness, tingling, and loss of control of urination and defecation.
There may be other symptoms not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have signs and symptoms mentioned above or have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
In case you are in the process of medical treatment, if you do not feel better, ask your doctor about starting a special treatment program.
Know the causes
What causes lumbosacral radiculopathy?
The cause of lumbosacral radiculopathy is due to pressure from a hernia (a broken or slipped) disc leads to irritation and inflammation (swelling) of the nerve roots. Another reason is due to disc degeneration. The disc wedging pieces of cartilage located between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. The buffer serves to reduce shocks when moving vertebrae. Over time, how fibers can tear apart the disk. A jelly-like fluid from the center of the disc may flow out (a hernia) puts pressure on nerve roots and cause the symptoms. There are also some other reasons such as spinal stenosis, tumor, infection, and injury.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for lumbosacral radiculopathy?
There are many factors that can increase the risk of lumbar disc syndrome, including:
- Age: elderly people increasingly have a higher risk.
- Mobilize strong.
- Have other conditions related to the spine, back pain.
There are no risk factors does not mean you cannot get sick. These signs are for reference only. You should consult a specialist doctor for more details.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is lumbosacral radiculopathy diagnosed?
Most patients do not need treatment or pain disappeared with the method of self-care at home. These ways include hot or cold patches, muscle relaxation, exercise and use of painkillers no prescription. Patients should move as soon as possible. The rehabilitation can prevent new injuries.
For chronic pain, can not control, you should change in lifestyle together with weight loss and join a health club to the symptoms improve. These exercises will help you adjust posture, make healthy back muscles and improve endurance.
The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxant drugs, analgesics and steroid injections can be specified. If these treatments are not effective or for certain symptoms, patients need surgery.
How is lumbosacral radiculopathy treated?
Your doctor can diagnose based on reasonable medical history and physical examination, especially spinal and leg; check muscle strength and muscle reflexes. Most patients improved health status as a break, care or medication should sometimes doctors will not need to test the image. For persistent pain, the doctor will perform a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, computed tomography (CT), bone marrow diagnostic survey map or electricity (neurotransmitters) .
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage lumbosacral radiculopathy?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with lumbosacral radiculopathy:
- Exercise regularly. Risk factors most important cause recurrent episodes of pain after the former. Pay special attention to the muscles in the shaft – abs and lumbar muscles, the muscles necessary to have a straight posture and spine.
- Train in order to have a good body and posture while sitting, standing and lifting. Lifting and carrying heavy loads properly.
- Know your own medical condition to help control the pain.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Ferri, Fred. Ferri’s Netter Patient Advisor. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders / Elsevier, 2012. Print edition.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017