Radiculitis originates in the lumbar region of the spine, but can create a variety of symptoms felt anywhere from the lower back to the foot. The symptoms associated with radiculitis vary according to which nerve or nerves are affected.
Radiculitis occurs when the lumbar nerve is either pinched, inflamed, irritated or not working properly because of a lack of proper blood supply. While the symptoms vary depending upon which nerves are affected, unrelenting pain is a common denominator in all lumbar radiculitis cases.
This pain could be in the lower back, often extending down through the buttock of one side and into the leg on that side; sharp pain in the hip region; and pain all along the back side of the leg that can be described as stabbing or burning. While the pain may increase or decrease at times and with certain activities or positions, most sufferers agree that the pain never completely diminishes.
Lumbar radiculitis can be treated in a number of ways. Nearly all of the treatment options fall within one of three categories: pain management, therapy or surgery.
Pain killers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs and anesthetics are all commonly used to help individuals deal with the pain of radiculitis. After the pain is under control, the individual can then move on to one of many therapy options including physical therapy, massage therapy or chiropractic help. If therapy doesn’t alleviate the discomfort, and particularly if the pain originated with a disc herniation, surgery would be the final, most aggressive option.