Radicular pain

Radicular pain, or radiculopathy, is oftentimes referred to as sciatica, the term used to describe a dull or stabbing pain that occurs along your sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve provides sensations felt in the back of your thighs, lower legs and feet. When this nerve is compressed or its roots become irritated, pain will radiate down the nerve’s path, typically on one side of the body or the other.

Radicular pain is often a symptom of an underlying condition, like a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease. The pain typically radiates into your leg, lower thigh, calf and foot, and can be accompanied by a tingling sensation, muscle weakness, numbness and loss of reflex. However, the course of pain radiation depends on which nerve or root is affected, and where it’s located along the spine.

General symptoms of radicular pain include:

  • Calves that feel like they’re on fire
  • Difficulty finding comfortable sitting or resting positions
  • Favoring muscles on one side of the body

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your health care provider. He or she can determine the cause of your pain and recommend treatment options including:

  • Application of hot and cold packs
  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

Next steps

In some cases, patients may not respond to rehabilitation. There are, however, other options available for pain relief, including the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. With a quicker recuperation period§ than other treatments, like open back surgery, our innovative techniques can help you return to a fully-functioning lifestyle in no time. Contact us today for a review of your MRI or CT scan, and to receive more information about our facility.