What is Pinched Nerve (Lumbar radiculopathy)?
Pinched nerve in the back, also known as nerve root lumbar radiculopathy, is a pain shooting from back to thigh and lower leg. The nerve root which travel out of the lumbar intervertebral foramina and join to form nerves to supply body may be irritated, impingement, compressed or injury.
What causes Pinched Nerve (Lumbar radiculopathy)?
The most common cause of lumbar radiculopathy is a disc problem such as degenerated disc, slipped disc, narrowed disc.
- osteophytes (bone spur) impinging on the nerve root in a degenerated spine.
- neck arthritis or cervical spondylosis (‘wear and tear’)
- age related
- acute injury
What are the symptoms of Pinched Nerve (Lumbar radiculopathy)?
The symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy are:
- Deep aching pain in the low back.
- Pain shooting down the leg.
- Tingling and numbness in the leg.
- Weakness in muscles if the compression is severe.
- Lumbar spine muscles might go into spasm as a protective mechanism.
- Core muscle weakness.
Effective Treatments Solution for Pinched Nerve (Lumbar radiculopathy):
–Pain Relief Therapy: Using pain relieving treatment modalites such as Ultrasound , electrical stimulation, TENS, laser, heat therapy to reduce pain, tissue repair and healing
– Physiotherapy: Your physiotherapist will understand about your back pain and perform physical examinations. Your back conditions will be diagnose and explain before implementing solutions to your back.
– Medical Exercise Therapy: Specific targeted exercises to relieve back pain, proper stretching to loosen back muscles tightness, correct muscle imbalance. Long term progressive exercises are important for chronic back pain to rehabilitate, strengthen deep abdominal, back and core muscles, exercises to improve dynamic spinal stability. All exercises are guided by therapist to correct possible incorrect compensatory movement and ensure proper posture alignment, technique and muscle activation.
– Stretch Therapy: Using a variety of different active or passive stretching methods to improve muscle length, reduce muscle tension
– Massage Therapy: Hands-on technique such as soft tissue release, deep friction massage, myofascial release, trigger points release to ease back pain and muscle tightness
–Shockwave Therapy: Advanced high energy pulses effective for chronic, persistent back muscle tightness, trigger points to stimulate healing
– Spinal Decompression Therapy: Using computerized system creates an anti-gravity, negative pressure to the thoracic and lumbar spine on the spinal disc, joints, nerves and muscles.
– Manual Therapy: Passive thoracic/ lumbar joint mobilisation, manipulation, manual traction, craniosacral therapy
– Education: Advice to improve posture, lifestyle modifications, ergonomics workstation adjustment, stress reductions
Our unique treatment approach for Pinched Nerve Pain(Lumbar radiculopathy)
At heal360 Physioclinic, our physiotherapist and rehabilitation therapist experts has developed a proprietary signature program for the spine –Spine360™ Program
Our therapist will perform a thorough assessment and determine the potential cause of the problem, and will develop a management and best treatment program for your back pain: re-educate, re-train your spinal muscles, and give you a renewed, stronger spine and confident look!