If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, you may be dealing with lumbar radiculopathy. This condition is caused by a herniated disc in the spine that compresses one or more of the nerve root fibers near the lumbar vertebrae. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help treat this condition and relieve your pain. Let’s take a look at how chiropractors diagnose and treat lumbar radiculopathy.
Diagnosis of Lumbar Radiculopathy
Chiropractic doctors diagnose lumbar radiculopathy through a physical examination and an evaluation of the patient’s medical history. The physical examination will involve tests to check for any tenderness or muscle spasms in the lower back, as well as tests to measure reflexes and range of motion in the affected area. In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment Options for Lumbar Radiculopathy
Once a diagnosis has been made, there are several treatments available for lumbar radiculopathy that can help reduce pain and improve mobility. These include manual manipulation techniques to realign the spine and reduce pressure on compressed nerves; corrective exercises such as stretching and strengthening; lifestyle modifications like posture correction; and other treatments such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound. A chiropractor may also recommend using ice or heat therapy to reduce inflammation and pain.
The most common treatment for lumbar radiculopathy is chiropractic adjustments, which are gentle maneuvers performed by chiropractors to correct misalignments in the spine and restore proper movement patterns throughout the body. Adjustments can reduce nerve compression, alleviate tension on ligaments and muscles, increase joint range of motion, reduce inflammation, decrease pain levels, improve posture and balance, enhance overall mobility, and accelerate healing time after an injury or trauma.
If you’re living with lower back pain due to herniated discs or another spinal condition, seeking relief through chiropractic care could be your best option. Chiropractors offer natural treatment options that can provide long-term relief from lower back pain while avoiding invasive treatments like surgery or medications with potentially dangerous side effects. With careful diagnosis and targeted treatment plans tailored specifically for each patient’s needs, chiropractors can help patients with lumbar radiculopathy find lasting relief from their chronic lower back pain.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another Chiropractor in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE Health+Wellness. We are happy to listen and are here to help!