In Lumbar Radiculopathy, the nerve that exits the spine through a small passageway between the vertebrae and disc may be injured. This may be the result of herniated disc, spinal stenosis, a degenerative disc, or small bony spurs. Signs of this condition include dull or sharp pain in the low back an into the buttocks; pain that radiates down the leg, foot, and toes; numbness and/or tingling in the leg; or weakness in the thigh, knee, or foot. Certain movements of the low back can intensify pain.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by a physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms.
Treatments may include ice/heat, lumbar traction, ultrasound, electric stimulation, manual therapy techniques, stretching, and strengthening and stabilization exercises to the back, pelvis, abdomen, and legs.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is complete, the physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.