Disc lesions with radiculopathy (arm or leg Pain) often cause patients to suffer low back and leg pain below the knee which often occurs suddenly following twisting or bending movements. A history of several cases of low back pain are generally accompanied with the condition. The condition was first thought to be caused by compression of a nerve root by a herniated nucleus pulposus, although it is currently understood that the nerve root is often inflamed but not always compressed. Signs and symptoms of Disc lesion with radiculopathy: -Sharp pain starting in the back and extending to the foot -Sitting and coughing aggravates symptoms -Weakness/numbness/tingling in the spine extending to the leg and foot -Worsening pain with movement of the head and neck -Pain in the arm or shoulder Risk factors associated with radiculopathy: -Ageing -Overweight -Poor posture -A family history of degenerative bone conditions -Repetitive motions of the neck and head -Improper lifting techniques -Excessive sitting -Poor nutrition -Smoking -Lack of exercising and stretching Differentials The inflamed nerve root, the disc or compression of the nerve root may be the source of pain, although when there is leg pain without neurological evidence the pain is referred. Approximately 1% of patients report frank neurological symptoms. Management of Disc lesions with radiculopathy can be in the form of pain relief for example, ibuprofen or aspirin, or can be managed with physical therapy as well as conservative care in the form of ice and heat application. Treatment of Disc Lesions with Radiculopathy can also be in the form of Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level laser Therapy. Cold laser therapy is an application used widely throughout many health professions as it’s cost effective and efficient. The therapy is extremely quick and doesn’t expose the patient to any risks. Cold laser therapy (low-level laser therapy) in treating Disc Lesions with Radiculopathy targets the inflamed nerve root and provides oxygen and blood to the site of injury by freeing up the inflamed nerve. Protocol of cold laser therapy treatment on a disc lesion The laser emitter is placed on an angle of 30o lateral-medial down the IVF and exiting nerve. The procedure is performed with the patient lying on their side over a pillow to laterally flex and open the inflamed nerve root. The emitter is placed on different sections along the IVF with 2-4 minutes on each section with treatments lasting approximately 20 minutes each. It’s advised that patients attend 10-15 sessions for full recovery of the condition with visits 3 times per week recommended. Disc lesions with radiculopathy are quite common in patients with 10-25% of the population being diagnosed with the condition at one point in their lives. If you have noticed any of the symptoms as mentioned above or your doctor had diagnosed you with the disease Lakeside Laser may help in the treatment. Lakeside Laser provides fast and effective cold laser therapy as they have multiple emitters on site to speed up your recovery process. Lakeside Laser is situated on 3/45 Central Walk Joondalup and is Central to Perth’s northern suburbs. We have visitors from all over Perth including Mindarie, Hocking, Iluka, Sinagra, Tapping, Ashby, Wanneroo, Two Rocks, Quinns Rock and Greenwood and have Hicaps facilities on site. We’re a Medibank and BUPA health care provider however accommodate for many other health care providers. If you would like to book an appointment or discuss regular Laser management, feel free to call us on 9300 0095 or visit our website www.lakesidelaser.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you shortly.
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