Your nervous system can be viewed as a big electrical circuit. Your spinal cord transmits all of the electrical nerve impulses that go back and forth between your brain and lower back. From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine and then move throughout your body to supply sensation and movement to a specific area of your buttock, legs and/or feet. This is what gives you the ability you to move and feel sensations like touch, heat, cold and pain. Anything that in someway interferes with this transmission can create problems.
You have been diagnosed with a "Lumbar Radiculopathy". For you what this means is that one of the nerves or multiple nerves emerging from your lower back has become irritated or potentially pinched. This often can cause pain, numbness or tingling in the specific area of your leg that is supplied by the irritated nerve. The term "Sciatica" is commonly used to describe this condition, because most (but not all) "lumbar radiculopathies" involve the sciatic nerve which supplies the back & outside of your thigh and calf. Symptoms of a lumbar radiculopathy can fluctuate from a slight ache to a consistent and ongoing severe sharp pain. Your symptoms can often be aggravated by certain positions or movements.
To help you to overcome this problem, we will treat the root cause of your nerve irritation. It is of utmost importance that you follow the treatment plan as closely as possible and also to be sure to contact us immediately if you experience any progression of your leg pain, numbness or weakness.