Lumbar Radicular pain is commonly also referred to as 'sciatic pain'. It is a low back condition that causes pain to radiate from the back down the leg or foot. Low back and leg pain is most commonly due to irritation of a lumbar disc and the compression of the corresponding nerve root. Other causes that can also contribute to radicular pain are disc bulges, arthritis, and stenosis. The pain is often positional, worse during certain standing or seated positions.
At Boulder Sports Chiropractic, lumbar radicular pain is most commonly treated with Flexion Distraction therapy. Our chiropractors use a special table designed specifically to decompress the lumbar spine and take the pressure off of the lumbar disc that is causing compression on the lumbar nerve. By taking the pressure off of the nerve in the low back, your leg symptoms will decrease. The therapy is usually coupled with chiropractic care, physical therapy, and Active Release Technique (ART) on the muscles of the lower back, hip, and leg to further decrease the compression on the sciatic nerve or pinched nerve.