Lumbar radiculopathy

Updated: 2017-06-13


Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease near the root of a nerve in the lower (lumbar) spine. Examples include a pinched nerve and swelling that compresses a nerve.


Pain, numbness, and tingling are symptoms. Pain radiating down the back of the leg is called sciatica.


Treatments are self-care, medication, such as NSAIDs or muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and possibly surgery.