Treatment for Lumbar Radiculopathy Available at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
Lumbar radiculopathy is a term that refers to a group of symptoms that can occur when the sciatic nerve at the base of the spine is irritated, inflamed, or compressed. More commonly known as sciatica, these symptoms can include pain, numbness, muscle weakness, and tingling sensations that travel from the lower back down into one or both legs and feet.
Individuals in the Freehold, NJ, area who are experiencing lumbar radiculopathy are encouraged to consult with the spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey, where we offer a full range of treatment options for many common spinal conditions that can produce sciatica. For instance, some common causes include degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal bone spurs, and traumatic injuries.
After precisely identifying the underlying cause of lumbar radiculopathy by taking a medical history, performing a physical examination, and interpreting imaging studies, the physicians at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold may recommend conservative treatment to help alleviate sciatic nerve pain. In addition to rest and time, some options that many patients find to be effective include:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Physical therapy
- Back supports
- Muscle relaxants
- Oral cortisone
- Epidural steroid injections, which can be administered in the fluoroscopy suite in our office
Sometimes, lumbar radiculopathy involves excruciating pain or nerve damage, which may require more aggressive treatment, such as surgery. The outstanding spine surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey are skilled and experienced in performing highly advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive outpatient procedures. The specific procedure recommended can vary based on the underlying structural issue that needs to be addressed.
To learn more about treatment options for lumbar radiculopathy, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule a consultation at our back pain center in Freehold, NJ.