Lumbar Radiculopathy and Lumbar Decompression

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back)

  • Definition: Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly known as a “pinched nerve,” occurs when a nerve root in the lower back (lumbar spine) becomes compressed or irritated. This condition leads to pain, weakness, and numbness radiating down the leg.
  • Causes:
    • Herniated Discs: Bulging or herniated discs in the lumbar spine can compress nerve roots.
    • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal can also cause nerve compression.

Lumbar Spine and Nerve Roots

  • Lumbar Spine: The lower back consists of five lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5). These vertebrae support the upper body and provide stability.
  • Nerve Roots: Nerve roots extend from the spinal cord and connect to various parts of the body. When a nerve root is pinched, it affects the nerves attached to it, leading to symptoms such as pain, weakness, and tingling.

Lumbar Decompression Machines

  • Purpose: Lumbar decompression machines aim to relieve pressure on the lumbar spine and nerve roots.
  • Techniques:
    • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSD): This technique uses computerized feedback and segmental distraction to decompress spinal nerve roots.
    • Surgical Decompression: In severe cases, surgical procedures like laminectomy or microdiscectomy may be necessary to alleviate nerve compression.


Lumbar radiculopathy can significantly impact daily life. Chiropractic care, lifestyle modifications, and appropriate treatments like lumbar decompression can help manage symptoms and promote overall well-being.