Lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatica, is a kind of radiculopathy that causes severe pain in the back, hip, and outer side of the leg. It’s typically caused by the compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back which causes acute or chronic pain.
Most cases of sciatica can be resolved with nonsurgical treatments and may resolve themselves by changing your lifestyle habits.
Spinal adjustments from a chiropractor
Medications to reduce swelling and pain
Heat or cold therapy
Spinal injections or nerve blocks
Some forms of radiculopathy can be prevented by living an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, and maintaining correct posture and form in your daily activities and workouts.
Typical symptoms include:
Lower back pain that travels to the buttocks and down the back of your thigh to your calf
Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
Worsening pain upon standing or sitting
Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your leg, foot, and toes
Before your appointment, you should document when and where you have pain, its severity and duration, and any recent trauma to your lower back. Your doctor will ask about these as well as what medication, vitamins, or supplements you take, your medical history, and your lifestyle habits. These can help them rule out other medical conditions and injuries. Your doctor will also perform a physical examination to investigate any mobility limitations of the spine, balance problems, loss of reflexes, muscle weakness, or sensory loss.