About Lumbar Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve refers to compression of a nerve anywhere along its course outside the spinal cord. Typically patients describe a “pinched” nerve when it is being compressed by a herniated disc as the nerve exits the neuroforamen of the spine.
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Symptoms of Lumbar Pinched Nerves
There are five (5) lumbar nerve roots that exit the lumbar spine on each side of the body. Each nerve root imparts sensory and motor information to a specific area of the lower extremities/torso and specific groups of muscles. Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve can result from a nerve being compressed by disc material or arthritis within the spine. The pain is often sharp or burning and may radiate outward. Coughing and sneezing can also increase spinal canal pressure and worsen symptoms of a pinched nerve.
Treatments for Lumbar Pinched Nerves
Procedural treatments for lumbar pinched nerves can include cortisone or steroid injections under live imaging guidance via a transforaminal or interlaminar approach. The location of the injection is decided by the distribution of symptoms and imaging findings. For those looking to avoid steroids and surgical options, Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures may offer a novel solution. Using a combination of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-lysate we are able to treat inflamed nerves without the need for surgery. These healing cells are injected directly around pinched nerves to help improve pain and promote healing. Most patients report dramatic improvements in pain and function after these procedures with minimal downtime.
Our interventional spine specialists are experts in Regenexx regenerative medicine treatments. If you are interested to learn more about Regenexx and whether you qualify for treatment, please reach out to Ospina Medical, located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City to speak with one of our Regenexx providers today.