Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease that affects the lumbar spinal nerve root. The condition can manifest as pain, numbness, or weakness of the buttock and leg and is typically caused by a compression of the spinal nerve root. This causes pain that radiates from a nerve root in the lumbar spine down into your legs
The symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy are often described as follows:
• Radiating pain
• Bowel or bladder dysfunction
• Tingling or “pins and needles”
• Difficulty with control or movement of the leg
• Muscle weakness
Common causes are disc and spine degeneration, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. As people age, their spines are subject to increasing degeneration that can lead to herniated discs and similar problems, leading to lumbar radiculopathy. Degenerative diseases may also result in compression of the nerve roots.
Trauma is another cause of this condition, which is why it is critical to receive a medical evaluation after receiving trauma to any region of the spine.