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Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease of the lumbar spinal nerve root. Often called sciatica, it is typically caused by compression of the spinal nerve root, according to Emory Healthcare. More »

Surgery can help reduce the effects of lumbar radiculopathy by freeing the affected pinched nerve from pressure, which minimizes or eliminates the weakness, numbness and pain associated with this condition, explains Heal... More »

Most people with radiculopathy can benefit from conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and chiropractic treatments, according to MedicineNet. Patients who do not respond to norma... More »

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