Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
What is Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)?
This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spinal column.
What causes Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. It sends sensation from the lower extremities and lumbar area of the low back. The most common causes are:
What are symptoms of Sciatica?
The most common symptom is low back pain that travels down the hip, buttock and down to a lower extremity. At times, pain can worsen when bending at the waist, sitting, sneezing, or coughing. Symptoms can also include tingling, numbness, or weakness of the leg. Sciatica symptoms can occur quickly and remain for weeks.