Lumbar radiculopathy, also known as sciatica, is the irritation of nerve roots located in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas.
Sciatica may result from various problems with the bones and tissues in the spinal column. However, it is most often caused by conditions such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy may vary depending on which nerve root is affected. The hips, buttocks, legs, and feet are common areas where symptoms may arise. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling sensations
Treatments for sciatica can include physical therapy, medications, epidural steroid injections, ice packs, and – in severe cases – surgery.