What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?

At lumbar radiculopathy specialist clinic, Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease associated with the spinal cord and nerve roots in the spinal cord. Precisely at the waist area and at the end.

How common is the lumbar radiculopathy?

Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease that can be experienced by men and women. This disease occurs in 3 to 5 percent of the human population in the world. Men in their 40s and women from 50 to 60 years more often experience this disease.

You can prevent the occurrence of this disease by reducing risk factors. Call 64762106 or SMS 84998384 for an appointment to check on the lumbar radiculopathy specialist clinic with our neuorosurgeon, Nerve Specialist Singapore.

What are the signs and symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy?

Typical symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy are numbness in the arms, legs, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms that may arise from lumbar radiculopathy are sciatica, which is pain along the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. This nerve runs from the buttocks to the legs (hamstrings and legs). Someone with this condition may also have difficulty controlling his desire to urinate and defecate.

There may be signs and symptoms not mentioned above. If you have concerns about a particular symptom, consult our neurosurgeon, Dr Mathew Tung. Call 64762106 or SMS 84998384 for an appointment today.

Causes of Lumbar Radiculopathy

The cause of lumbar radiculopathy is the pressure of a broken hernia on the disc that causes inflammation of the nerve roots.

Another reason that might be the cause of lumbar radiculopathy is due to disc degeneration. Disc is a piece of cartilage that is located between the bones in the spine which serves to reduce shocks when the bones move. Over time, the fibre can damage the disc. A jelly-shaped fluid from the disc centre can flow out (hernia) resulting in pressure on the nerve roots and causes the above symptoms to appear.

Some other causes may include spinal stenosis, tumors, infections, and injuries.

What increases risk for lumbar radiculopathy?

The factors that increase your risk of experiencing a lumbar radiculopathy are:

  • Age. Elderly has a higher risk
  • Frequent heavy physical activity
  • Have other conditions related to the spine or back pain

Treatments for Lumbar Radiculopathy

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult doctor first.

According to our lumbar radiculopathy specialist clinic, treatments for lumbar radiculopathy includes change your lifestyle with weight loss and diligently exercise so that symptoms can improve. These exercises will help you adjust your posture, make your back muscles healthy and increase endurance.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, analgesics, and steroid injections can be used. Epidural injection will be recommended as the early stage of lumbar radiculopathy treatment and it is proven to be the most effective lumbar radiculopathy treatment for early stage. Can use medisave for epidural injection. Call clinic for more information.

The next stage of lumbar radiculopathy treatment is Nucleoplasty, Laminectomy, TLIF (Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion). Call us for more information at 64762106 or SMS 84998384.

How to diagnose Lumbar Radiculopathy?

Our lumbar radiculopathy specialist clinic can diagnose based on medical history and physical examination, especially on the spine and legs; check muscle strength, and muscle reflexes. Most patients improve their health by taking breaks, care or use of drugs, sometimes doctors will not need to test the image.

For prolonged pain, the doctor will perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays, computed tomography (CT), for the diagnosis of bone marrow or conductivity of electrical impulses (neurotransmitters).

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