About 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime, but all of them will be caused by the same reason. Some individuals stricken with acute or chronic back pain will suffer because of radiculopathy. Radiculopathy is not the direct cause of the back pain, but rather a nerve root impingement, disc herniation, facet arthropathy, and many other conditions.
At The Pain Center of Arizona, we strive for excellence. Excellence in patient care, patient-physician communication, treatment offering, and tips for our patients to live happier and healthier lives. For patients suffering with lumbar radiculopathy, we work to find the damaged nerve root, and provide the best therapies for pain management.
Lumbar radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root is pinched or inflamed and caused debilitating neurologic symptoms. Most patients will have obvious low back pain, while other patients may have radiating pain into the legs. Other symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy include sensory or motor deficits, weakness in the hip adductors and quadriceps, and poor posture.
The providers at The Pain Center believe in using conservative treatments before any surgical intervention is considered. Most often, your physician may recommend a physical therapy regimen that targets the area of your back that is causing pain, and formulates exercises to strengthen that area. Common exercises include lumbar traction, vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D), core strengthening exercises, leg lifting, and posture awareness.
Epidural steroid injection is a promising technique that many patients find pain relief through. Image guided transforaminal epidural injections inject medication into the spine spaced where pain is produced. This outpatient procedure can continue based on an evaluation by your physician.
If conservative treatments are ineffective within 6 months, surgery may be an option. The most common surgical treatments for lumbar radiculopathy are discectomy, discectomy with fusion, chemonucleolysis, percutaneous discectomy, and microdiscectomy. Contact your Pain Center physician to consult about effective surgeries if this is your path to pain freedom.
For more information about lumbar radiculopathy, talk to your Pain Center physician today. We are staffed with the best and most compassionate medical professionals from all over the country. With 11 locations across the valley, The Pain Center of Arizona is better able to provide effective and convenient care.
If you suffer from chronic pain due to any condition or injury, find hope at The Pain Center of Arizona! Our dedicated team of board certified pain management physicians will work with you to treat your pain, increase your functionality and quality of life, and get you back into life! We have locations across Arizona, including Phoenix, Anthem, Surprise, Mesa, Gilbert, Deer Valley, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and now Prescott and Tucson! We take multiple insurance plans; click here to see if we take yours! To make an appointment and take the first step toward getting back into life, call us today at 1-888-PAINCENTER. We hope to see you soon!
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