A relatively common condition we treat that’s often known as “sciatica.” It’s caused by pressure on a nerve from disc herniations or bone spurs. Pain and/or numbness can radiate down the legs into the feet.BOOK A VISIT
Answers to some of the most common questions patients ask about lumbar radiculopathy.
Epidurals work in two main ways. The first is the fluid from the injection washes away inflammatory chemicals from the disc that irritate the nerve and cause pain.. The second is the steroid helps reduce inflammation and swelling on the nerve from being pinched.
No, unfortunaltey the disc herniation won't go back inside the disc. Your body may dissolve it over time however, and this is why most people will improve with conservative treatment.If symptoms persist suergy is an option.
A microdiscectomy is usually offered after 6 weeks of symptoms because after this the chances of spontaneous resolution are much lower. Occasionally we will offer surgery before this if the pain is severe, or there are neurological deficits such as weakness.
This is when a very large disc herniation pinches all of the spinal nerves. It can cause pain in both legs, weakness, and urinary incontinence as well as numbness in the saddle area. This is an emergency and requires surgery ASAP.