Radicular syndrome, also referred to as inflammation of the sciatic nerve, occurs when the nerve exit on the spine is constricted, for example due to a slipped disc or a bony constriction.
Radicular syndrome is frequently caused by a malposition in the region of the lumbar spine, for example due to excess desk work.
There are many reasons for this nerve root irritation:
a protruding intervertebral disc, a slipped intervertebral disc, a constriction at the exit of the nerves from the vertebral joints (lumbar spinal stenosis) and/or wear of the intervertebral disc between two vertebral joints (osteochondrosis).
The intervertebral disc is responsible for lower back pain.
A differential diagnosis brings clarity. Both an extensive consultation and a thorough examination are essential pillars to discovering the cause of radicular syndrome.
Direct questions help in the process, such as: