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Sciatica (Lumbar Radiculopathy)

Sciatica (Lumbar Radiculopathy)

The term “sciatica” refers to the pain experienced when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched by inflammation or other spinal abnormalities. Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica) is a symptom of a larger medical condition, such as a herniated disc, bone spurs, bulging disc, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease. A bulging or herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica. As the disc bears down on the sensitive nerve (usually affecting the L4/L5 or L5/S1 levels) it restricts blood flow and important nutrients from reaching all sections of the sciatic nerve through the lower back, hips, buttocks and down each leg. When portions of the nerve are deprived of nutrition, they are unable to emit electric impulses in a proper fashion, known as sciatica. When the nerve becomes pinched due to an underlying condition, a number of different symptoms can occur.

Sciatica usually occurs on only one side of the body and follows the nerve from the low back to the foot and toes. In rare cases, patients experience pain on both sides, also known as bilateral lumbar radiculopathy. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, shooting pains, sudden stabbing pains and a burning sensation. In most cases the level of discomfort changes with position, but constant, chronic pain is also possible.

The Bonati Spine Procedures can provide immediate relief with sciatica treatment, especially if your symptoms of sciatic pain are related to a herniated or bulging lower lumbar inter-vertebral disc that is compressing one of the nerve roots before it joins the sciatic nerve. When surgery for sciatica is required, The Bonati Spine Procedures are the best alternative to open back surgeries that often result in long recovery time.


The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients suffering from to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your condition with one of our professional medical specialists. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be the world’s best solutions in advanced spine surgery.