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Back Pain with Radiculopathy Overview

What is back pain with radiculopathy?
A person with back pain due to a radiculopathy has pain caused by pressure on a nerve where it exits the spine in the back. Pressure against the nerve can cause the nerve to malfunction. Acute sciatica is a form of a radiculopathy that can occur with back pain.

What are the symptoms of back pain with radiculopathy?
Symptoms of back pain with radiculopathy include back pain, leg pain, difficulty walking, leg numbness, leg weakness, foot numbness, and foot weakness.

How does the doctor treat back pain with radiculopathy?
Treatment for back pain with radiculopathy may include rest, cold compresses, warm compresses, stretching exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, narcotic pain medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Treatment for severe back pain with radiculopathy may include injections of corticosteroid medication into the back, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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